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Sweet Farts #1 (Sweet Farts Series) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3–5—Keith Emerson is being blamed for passing some pretty raunchy gas in his classroom. To make matters worse, he's been given a new nickname, "S.B.D." (Silent But Deadly), by the student body. This moniker inspires Keith to come up with a pretty unique science fair project that will, hopefully, find a cure for the foul smell of the common fart, something American Statesman Benjamin Franklin attempted over 200 years earlier. Narrator Nick Podehl does a superb job of bringing this production to life, creating unique and entertaining voices. This humorous, albeit somewhat crude story, will appeal to reluctant readers and fans of the popular Captain Underpants series who are looking for something both silly and fun.—Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY
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Walker has never been much of a reader (his obsession is sports if you didn’t know already), so I have this ongoing quest to find something that will get him to read. He likes anything sports-related, but really, Sports Illustrated for Kids only has so much reading involved. And I want him to get into chapter books. I’ve bought Planet Tad, Geronimo Stilton, Magic Treehouse, Wimpy Kid – you name it. He has some interest, but nothing he’s really into.
I love to read, so of course the image of him sitting with a book or the inability to put one down when called for dinner – that’s the experience I want him to have in a book.
So when these books showed up on Amazon, I thought, hey, why not, I’ll give it a whirl. I mean, Captain Underpants…there’s that…but this series…hmmm…Of course, he can’t put it down. I mean, THIS….has NEVER happened before…
And of course he wanted to take it to school. Being the responsible parent, I told him when he went into class to ask the teacher if it was ok. And of course (although she thought it was funny) she said no.
It’s the F word that kills it, I know…but the little boys just giggle when they say SweetFarts. My mother has always despised that word, but I’ve never thought it was that awful – probably because when I was in college a day didn’t go by that some dude didn’t scream it in our dorm.
So, if you ever wondered, as I did, here’s the scoop on that cousin word to poop:
The English word fart is one of the oldest words in the English vocabulary. Fart is most commonly used in reference to flatulence. The word “fart” is generally considered unsuitable in formal situations as it may be considered vulgar or offensive. Fart can be used as a noun or a verb.[
In certain circles the word is considered merely a common profanity with an often humorous connotation. For example, a person may be referred to as a ‘fart’, or an ‘old fart’, not necessarily depending on the person’s age. This may convey the sense that a person is boring or overly fussy and be intended as an insult, mainly when used in the second or third person. For example ‘”he’s a boring old fart!” However the word may be used as a colloquial term of endearment or in an attempt at humorous self-deprecation (e.g., in such phrases as “I know I’m just an old fart” or “you do like to fart about!”). ‘Fart’ is often only used as a term of endearment when the subject is personally well known to the user.
In both cases though, it tends to refer to personal habits or traits that the user considers to be a negative feature of the subject, even when it is a self-reference.
You learn something new every day right? In the meantime, if you’re trying to get your 8-10 year old into reading, I’d recommend some SweetFarts. Just don’t take it to school. Or church. That probably wouldn’t be a good idea either.
To me, it seemed like someone told the author to make the book longer, so he padded out the chapters without any new material.
They did like the basic concept, but the execution was poor.
My second grader has been reading the Wimpy Kid books (and Captain Underpants) but I think he is just a tiny bit young for this one. He likes the fart parts of course, but the science fair aspect is a little over his head. Also, the ending is a little to fast and pat for much older than third or fourth grade, but quite enjoyable to the mind of an 8 year old.
The big brother/little sister interaction seems a little forced (would any 9 year old think his 3 year old sister is the cutest thing?), but really I am nitpicking.
Now, all that said, the book is a gas! (Sorry, couldn't help that one). One of the funniest topics known to boys, with a little bit of a serious bent (dealing with another kid and getting set up for ridicule) and then turning it around...fun stuff. If farting is what it takes to encourage reading, then fart away. I like it.
Most recent customer reviews
Super sweet and funny. :D
It is one of the best book ever!
It is so good
I loved it so much
Let me out of Fyi
Better luck next time, hate this waste of time
I think I will be a fan of Sweet Farts series. I hope the next one is