SMART FELLER FART SMELLER by Jon Agee

SMART FELLER FART SMELLER

and Other Spoonerisms
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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

From anagrams (Elvis Lives!, 2000) and palindromes (Palindromania!, 2002), Agee moves to a more rudimentary form of wordplay, pairing spoonerisms framed as questions and answers (“What did Rapunzel say to the filthy giant?” “You need to shake a tower”) with literal, simply drawn ink-and-wash visual interpretations. The author opens with a brief introduction to William Archibald Spooner, and closes with superfluous “translations” of each punch line. His humor in these 28 examples is sometimes crude (see title, which answers, “What did the cowboy say to the rocket scientist?”), and, as in Shel Silverstein’s Runny Babbit (2005), the joke definitely wears thin—but readers of the target mentality may be tempted to rake the tall and bun with it. (Nonfiction. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7868-3692-X
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Michael di Capua/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006




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