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Poopendous! Hardcover – March 27, 2012

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Gr 1-3-In rhyming couplets, Professor P. Poopdeck gives readers "the inside scoop on every type and use of poop!" For example, termites pile their poop high in mounds, while "dung beetles roll it into balls/To gobble up when hunger calls." Some creatures "use poop to mark their scent" or to signal, "this is MY turf-STAY AWAY!" The cartoon-style pictures are lighthearted and entertaining, but really-should illustrations about poop be anything but fun? Larger libraries looking to increase circulation to young patrons who laugh at any mention of the word will want to consider this offering. Pair it with Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" books (Scholastic) and Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops (Kane/Miller, 1993) for a poop-tastic display.-Lisa G. Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"For anyone who loved The Butt Book, you must immediately go and buy Artie Bennett's follow-up, Poopendous! It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can't make funny and educational. There aren't many picture books that teach kids that 'Monkeys fling when under stress. It helps the monkey decompress' and 'Seeds inside a critter's poop might go as far as Guadeloupe!' I'm not kidding when I say this came in handy at my son's preschool last week."
--The Huffington Post

"Guess what?!? We already have Poopendous!, and I have even been known to give spontaneous in-store readings. What a delightful, hilarious, informative, fascinating book.
Thank you for writing to us, and for writing such great books! Best of luck to you, and hip-poop-hooray!"
--Tegan Tigani (children's book buyer for Queen Anne Books)

"The book is infused with a delightful use of rhyme, onomatopoeia, remarkable facts, and extraordinary illustrations that kept the children mesmerized. Poopendous! is simultaneously whimsical and instructive. As an educator, I love it. The story serves as a fabulous starting point for language arts, science, math, cultural diversity lessons. Poopendous! reminds me of Dr. Seuss books that can be read and reread without ever getting old. Poopendous! has created quite a fan base in our community. We are anxiously awaiting the publication of your next book."
--Susan Cramer (reading specialist)

"If Dr. Seuss decided to write about bodily functions, he probably would have come up with something as zany as Poopendous! Artie Bennett's first book, The Butt Book, was an uproariously funny book about creatures' behinds. In his latest endeavor, Bennett tackles different types of poop and their uses. Mike Moran provides the vibrant, silly artwork that perfectly matches the crazy rhymes and topic. Do you want your kids to be eager to read? I bet this book will help. Highly recommended!"
--The Children's and Teens' Book Connection


"Artie Bennett returns with another rib-cracking, jaw-breaking, wildly entertaining picture book called Poopendous! Illustrated by Mike Moran, it combines witty verses and funny illustrations to give the inside scoop about an icky-poo subject that people would rather not talk about, let alone say its name. If you're having second thoughts about reading this book, then I'm telling you right now: READ THIS BOOK! If Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl were to pick up this book, I'm quite certain they would take delight in the title alone, and find the actual content even more delightful!"
--Gathering Books

Praise for Artie Bennett's The Butt Book:

"a good-natured hymn of praise to rear ends" [with] plenty of laughs..."
--Horn Book
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609051904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609051907
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It seems that my 9 year old is obsessed with poo. She changes the words to songs she hears to include the word "poop," and when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she answered, "Poop!" She thinks its hysterical. She's getting this great book under the tree this year. Now...if i can just get her to stop singing in public (church) about poo.....
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I got this book for my 6 year old niece and she loves reading it! At that age, poop, pee and farts are the funniest thing on earth, but this book is more educational than just a bunch of silly poop jokes. It's all about different types of animal poop and how its used around the world...yes, used! (manure fertilizer for example). But of course the wacky illustration of the monkeys flinging poop made her laugh out loud. The rhymes are easy for a kid her age and the pictures are vibrant, cheerful and very funny!
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I’ll be honest, I was a bit wary of this book, but Artie Bennett has once again surprised me with his ability to take an often thought icky or awkward topic and explore it with such captivating pizzazz! In Poopendous, Professor Poopdeck takes us on a poop safari, exploring the sides to poop that we don’t often consider.

From the various words used for poop, to its many uses, Poopendous covers it all! Once again, Bennett uses funny, clever rhymes to tell his story, and he is a master at word choices, picking the absolute best ones. Like The Butt Book, this book is in no way inappropriate or gross (even if its subject is icky!). Bennett is so good at finding the balance between amusing and educational, and Poopendous is especially engaging. Little readers will certainly laugh-out-loud at the book’s charming humor, but they will also learn a great deal...I know I did!

Mike Moran’s illustrations wonderfully bring Bennett’s words to life! Moran’s bright, cartoonish pictures are absolutely hysterical. Each living creature depicted is given such amusing and captivating expressions. Moran’s illustrations are total poop...which, in this instance, is a very very good thing!

I never imagined the topic of poop could be so delightfully engaging, but Bennett has made it so. Approached with humor and thought, this icky topic has been wonderful explored in Poopendous!
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There is nothing like potty humor to make kids laugh and adults alike who are not afraid to have fun and giggle with the kids.The illustrations are terrific and work so well with the silly rhyming stories. Too many harsh moments in life not to be able to appreciate some light hearted reading. Not only is it funny but it tells the true story of a very natural fact of life. No harm done here...just healthy laughter. To the guy with the bad review....If you don't like potty humor, why did you read it?
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Last year I reviewed Artie’s The Butt Book. Earlier this year he approached me to review his new book Poopendous. I admit the title had me rolling my eyes – Poopendous: The Inside Scoop on Every Type and Use of Poop – but I have a son who I thought would likely enjoy this book. After all it seems that burping, farting & pooping are subjects young boys find hilarious.

The rhyming text was easy to read and the pictures were cute. Obviously this book won’t appeal to everyone but if you have a young reluctant reader this would a book you could try. It’s one I didn’t mind reading and my 3 youngest kids all enjoyed it. It’s more “silly” than it is “gross”. They rated it 3.5 to 4 stars.

Poop is yucky, poop is foul.
Step in poop and you will howl.
To read this book, you must be strong.
Just hold your nose and come along!

Rating: 4 Stars – Great book for the intended audience.

Source: From Author for Review.
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By mjoy on October 16, 2012
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I gave this to nephews and a grandaughter. I loved reading it to each of them on separate occasions. They laughed and loved the fun and sillynous of it. The author really caught what children of this age think is funny. Depending on the age this can be something that they are dealing with...and laughing at it helps to get through what may be uncomfortable. The boys, ages 7 through 3 all thought it was soooo great. Granddaughter waited until she was alone with a funny grandma to giggle.
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Artie Bennett is following up his first success, The Butt Book, with one written about a parallel subject. I can see how some parents might judge these books as juvenile or silly based on the titles, but kids won't see them that way. Maybe poop or butts wouldn't be my number one choice (but definitely number two!) for reading material, but I'm no longer under twelve. Kids absolutely adore these books, and I love anything that gets children reading.

Everything (and then some) you ever wanted to know about poop! The appropriately named Professor P. Poopdeck leads readers on an enlightening tour, from humans to pets, to wild animals of all different kinds. Yup, they all poop, but in all sorts of different ways. Birds poop in the sky - thank goodness elephants don't. It may be straight poop for humans, but it's pellets from rabbits, tubes from raccoons, tubes from wombats, and dung when it become a beetle snack.

This book reminds me of the classic Everyone Poops, but with humor! Artie Bennett can use all the funny phrases, rhyming text, and imaginative illustrations he wants, but he cannot quite conceal how informative this book is. This is clever enough to have children giggling, but also contains enough well-presented facts to appease parents.

My personal favorite is the souvenir stand set up hawking moose poop transformed into jewelry and wall art. Man, I hope that is fictional and not a real stand someone stumbled across on their vacation. But readers have plenty of pages from which to choose their favorite: monkeys flinging dung, flies letting loose under the microscope, raccoons pooping onto wombats ... it's all here!
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