For gross-out fans only, but they’ll find it funny and full of action.

Monster Fart Wars III: FartMONSTER FART WARS III: FARTS VS. PIMPLES s vs. Pimples

From the Monster Fart Wars series , Vol. 3

Once again, the brave mayor of Fartville defends his citizens from would-be invaders in Shah’s (Adult Coloring Book Horror Land: Entrapment, 2017, etc.) middle-grade series installment.

Mayor Fart and his allies Rumbly Fart, Loud Fart, and Quiet Fart join forces to conquer the evil wizard Severe Cold and his Booger army. The Boogers, who “are good people deep down,” accept their defeat and make amends by cleaning up various snot-covered areas. Severe Cold reveals, under threat, that he’s been working with Mayor Burp, who’s still power-hungry despite the treaty that’s allowed Fartville and Burpville to share Gas Mountain peacefully. Mayor Burps is supposed to be in jail, but Mayor Fart learns, upon returning to Fartville, that he’s mysteriously escaped. An inspection reveals a strange hole in the cell floor that swells and turns into a Pimple. More follow, which leads to messy, smelly clashes between Pimples, Farts, and Boogers. Then Mayor Burp arrives, riding a huge Pimple, and announces his takeover plans. But when he calls the Pimples disgusting, they take offense and decide that maybe they should just take over Fartville themselves. Mayor Fart devises a bold plan to save the day by raiding the old Fart Armory, which is now a museum. Shah again engages in the nonstop, deliberately disgusting humor that’s a hallmark of this series, which won’t be to every reader’s taste. A slightly more mature style of humor is seen in occasional pop-culture references, though, such as a nod to the 1983 movie Scarface: “I guess I’ll just have to conjure another brainwashing spell. Say hello to my little friend,” snarls Severe Cold. Some may also find it a little unfair to put disfiguring acne in the same category as farts, burps, and boogers, giving this book a slightly mean undertone, considering that the book’s older middle-school audience may be afflicted: “Yo, Pimple Cyst. Quick! Go in like you’re hiding under the skin of a gross Fart teen,” encourages one fighter.

For gross-out fans only, but they’ll find it funny and full of action.

Pub Date: May 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-943684-56-4

Page Count: 60

Publisher: 99 Pages or Less Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 30, 2017

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The seemingly ageless Seeger brings back his renowned giant for another go in a tuneful tale that, like the art, is a bit sketchy, but chockful of worthy messages. Faced with yearly floods and droughts since they’ve cut down all their trees, the townsfolk decide to build a dam—but the project is stymied by a boulder that is too huge to move. Call on Abiyoyo, suggests the granddaughter of the man with the magic wand, then just “Zoop Zoop” him away again. But the rock that Abiyoyo obligingly flings aside smashes the wand. How to avoid Abiyoyo’s destruction now? Sing the monster to sleep, then make it a peaceful, tree-planting member of the community, of course. Seeger sums it up in a postscript: “every community must learn to manage its giants.” Hays, who illustrated the original (1986), creates colorful, if unfinished-looking, scenes featuring a notably multicultural human cast and a towering Cubist fantasy of a giant. The song, based on a Xhosa lullaby, still has that hard-to-resist sing-along potential, and the themes of waging peace, collective action, and the benefits of sound ecological practices are presented in ways that children will both appreciate and enjoy. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-689-83271-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2001

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A sweet, soft conversation starter and a charming gift.

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A paean to teachers and their surrogates everywhere.

This gentle ode to a teacher’s skill at inspiring, encouraging, and being a role model is spoken, presumably, from a child’s viewpoint. However, the voice could equally be that of an adult, because who can’t look back upon teachers or other early mentors who gave of themselves and offered their pupils so much? Indeed, some of the self-aware, self-assured expressions herein seem perhaps more realistic as uttered from one who’s already grown. Alternatively, readers won’t fail to note that this small book, illustrated with gentle soy-ink drawings and featuring an adult-child bear duo engaged in various sedentary and lively pursuits, could just as easily be about human parent- (or grandparent-) child pairs: some of the softly colored illustrations depict scenarios that are more likely to occur within a home and/or other family-oriented setting. Makes sense: aren’t parents and other close family members children’s first teachers? This duality suggests that the book might be best shared one-on-one between a nostalgic adult and a child who’s developed some self-confidence, having learned a thing or two from a parent, grandparent, older relative, or classroom instructor.

A sweet, soft conversation starter and a charming gift. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-943200-08-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Compendium

Review Posted Online: Dec. 14, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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