In this debut picture book, girls at a sleepover learn that farts are nothing to be embarrassed about.
Six little girls are enjoying a slumber party. In the morning, a sound erupts, followed by a bad smell near the hostess. The friends try to pin down the nature of this smell, guessing everything from peanuts to broccoli to dirty diapers. An Asian girl with glasses concludes that “it was clearly a FART.” This dismays the hostess, especially when the bespectacled girl proclaims that it’s “foul and not proper” for girls to fart. But another guest, a girl with curly red hair, just laughs, saying that farting is natural. The girls all confess that they, too, toot, making them laugh. The body makes all kinds of noises. In the end, it’s the only body you have, “So appreciate it for all that it does. / And just love yourself, simply because.” In their book, Wheelock and Evans assure girls that there’s nothing unfeminine about normal bodily functions and sounds. Moreover, girls are encouraged not just to accept themselves, but to support one another as well. None of this seems didactic because of the tale’s humor, along with the pleasing rhyme and meter. Sonke’s (The Day Punctuation Came to Town, 2019) illustrations are a huge plus, lively and expressive, and they depict a nicely diverse crew. But in celebrating natural body noises, the story says nothing about politeness and what’s appropriate with company.
Sure to provoke giggles, this delightful tale also helps girls to revel in their bodies.