Fans of farts, burps, and other gross-out humor should love this tale.

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MONSTER FART WARS

FARTS VS. BURPS

When an army invades his town, the brave mayor of Fartville descends into Gas Mountain to ask for help from the Fart Giants.

Donald Fart is mayor of happy, relaxed Fartville, and proud to be so. He’s a direct descendant of Sir William Butt-Sneeze, who first scaled the heights of Gas Mountain. Its emissions power the whole town: “Vernon Fart, the baker, couldn’t bake his famous Poof Pastries without it….The Fartville Toots couldn’t play softball games at night either.” The gas also powers Burpville, which leads a separate existence from Fartville on the mountain’s other side—that is, until the Fartquake (Burpvillians call it a Burpquake) destroys its access to gas and therefore power. Burpville’s mayor invades Fartville with an army of Monster Burps, who chase citizens from their homes. Mayor Fart sounds the alert: “Head to the Butt-Cave! Head to the Butt-Cave!!” But they require more than a refuge: they need a plan and luckily Rumbly Fart has one. He’s “the toughest Fart in town,” one of the few to ever explore Gas Mountain. He’s seen Monster Farts with his own eyes who might be persuaded to help the town the way Monster Burps helped Burpville. The mayor and Rumbly venture within Gas Mountain and gain the Monster Farts’ assistance; soon, the marauding Burps are being routed by devastating monster attacks like “Burrito Monster Farts, with their combination of meat, cheese, and beans.” Eventually, peace is restored. But in a cliffhanger ending, the Boogers are coming. Shah (Katie Loves Her Kitty, 2016, etc.) makes the most of his many opportunities for toilet humor, working in a zillion references to odor, smell, wind, and brownness in ways that will delight grossness-loving children. For example, local streets include Butt-Ripple Road and Clear-The-Room Avenue. Also amusing are a few in-on-the-joke references to action movie dialogue: “We had to rally ourselves together, against all odds. ‘We’ll never rally against these odds!’ Willard Fart said, which was of no help.” Kindheartedness tempers all the yucks and laughs, with the Fartvillians showing mercy in victory.

 Fans of farts, burps, and other gross-out humor should love this tale.

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Publisher: Dog Ear Publisher

Review Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2017

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Readers can still rely on this series to bring laughs.

WRECKING BALL

From the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series , Vol. 14

The Heffley family’s house undergoes a disastrous attempt at home improvement.

When Great Aunt Reba dies, she leaves some money to the family. Greg’s mom calls a family meeting to determine what to do with their share, proposing home improvements and then overruling the family’s cartoonish wish lists and instead pushing for an addition to the kitchen. Before bringing in the construction crew, the Heffleys attempt to do minor maintenance and repairs themselves—during which Greg fails at the work in various slapstick scenes. Once the professionals are brought in, the problems keep getting worse: angry neighbors, terrifying problems in walls, and—most serious—civil permitting issues that put the kibosh on what work’s been done. Left with only enough inheritance to patch and repair the exterior of the house—and with the school’s dismal standardized test scores as a final straw—Greg’s mom steers the family toward moving, opening up house-hunting and house-selling storylines (and devastating loyal Rowley, who doesn’t want to lose his best friend). While Greg’s positive about the move, he’s not completely uncaring about Rowley’s action. (And of course, Greg himself is not as unaffected as he wishes.) The gags include effectively placed callbacks to seemingly incidental events (the “stress lizard” brought in on testing day is particularly funny) and a lampoon of after-school-special–style problem books. Just when it seems that the Heffleys really will move, a new sequence of chaotic trouble and property destruction heralds a return to the status quo. Whew.

Readers can still rely on this series to bring laughs. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3903-3

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: Nov. 19, 2019

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

A NOVEL IN CARTOONS

From the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series , Vol. 1

First volume of a planned three, this edited version of an ongoing online serial records a middle-school everykid’s triumphs and (more often) tribulations through the course of a school year. Largely through his own fault, mishaps seem to plague Greg at every turn, from the minor freak-outs of finding himself permanently seated in class between two pierced stoners and then being saddled with his mom for a substitute teacher, to being forced to wrestle in gym with a weird classmate who has invited him to view his “secret freckle.” Presented in a mix of legible “hand-lettered” text and lots of simple cartoon illustrations with the punch lines often in dialogue balloons, Greg’s escapades, unwavering self-interest and sardonic commentary are a hoot and a half—certain to elicit both gales of giggles and winces of sympathy (not to mention recognition) from young readers. (Fiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: April 1, 2007

ISBN: 0-8109-9313-9

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2007

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