A hoot about toots with a health lesson to boot.

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THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FART

Warning: portions of this review may be offensive….

One day, while soaking his feet in the river, the elephant sees a bubble burst through and explode in a fart. The elephant thinks the hippo who’s done it is “a bit gross”…but the elephant’s tummy has been hurting lately. He cuts loose with an impressive blat of his own, and the two large animals laugh about their gas. This inspires the monkey to suggest a farting contest. The crocodile volunteers to be the judge, and the monkey advertises it by shouting through the jungle until everyone knows. The next day, the hippo fires one off to start the contest. The zebra’s sounds like a volley of fireworks. The gazelle gets too excited and drops a bit more than a bottom burp. The gorilla’s is startlingly small (the hedgehog dismissively says he “farts…like a chinchilla”). Then an ear-splitting, nose-destroying whopper shakes the earth…whose could it be? The answer surprises everyone. Spanish poet and picture-book author Ordóñez offers this frank fable of flatulence that, at its core, says sometimes a toot can make a tummy feel better (and it’s really nothing to make fun of). French artist du Fäy’s Matisse-y, blocky, colorful illustrations of cartoon creatures competitively cutting the cheese are perfectly in keeping with the cheeky tone of the text.

A hoot about toots with a health lesson to boot. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2017

ISBN: 978-84-945971-4-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: nubeOCHO

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2017

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A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends

WAITING IS NOT EASY!

From the Elephant & Piggie series

Gerald the elephant learns a truth familiar to every preschooler—heck, every human: “Waiting is not easy!”

When Piggie cartwheels up to Gerald announcing that she has a surprise for him, Gerald is less than pleased to learn that the “surprise is a surprise.” Gerald pumps Piggie for information (it’s big, it’s pretty, and they can share it), but Piggie holds fast on this basic principle: Gerald will have to wait. Gerald lets out an almighty “GROAN!” Variations on this basic exchange occur throughout the day; Gerald pleads, Piggie insists they must wait; Gerald groans. As the day turns to twilight (signaled by the backgrounds that darken from mauve to gray to charcoal), Gerald gets grumpy. “WE HAVE WASTED THE WHOLE DAY!…And for WHAT!?” Piggie then gestures up to the Milky Way, which an awed Gerald acknowledges “was worth the wait.” Willems relies even more than usual on the slightest of changes in posture, layout and typography, as two waiting figures can’t help but be pretty static. At one point, Piggie assumes the lotus position, infuriating Gerald. Most amusingly, Gerald’s elephantine groans assume weighty physicality in spread-filling speech bubbles that knock Piggie to the ground. And the spectacular, photo-collaged images of the Milky Way that dwarf the two friends makes it clear that it was indeed worth the wait.

A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends . (Early reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 4, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4231-9957-1

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: Nov. 5, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2014

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Eggs-quisitely excellent.

THE GOOD EGG

Being a good egg can be eggs-cruciatingly stressful.

This earnest counterpart to John and Oswald’s hilarious The Bad Seed (2017) opens with a direct address from an oval-shaped saint to readers: “Oh, hello! I was just rescuing this cat. Know why? Because I’m a good egg.” Just how good is this egg? “Verrrrrry good.” Without hesitation, the bespectacled egg offers to help others with carrying groceries, painting houses, and changing tires. The good egg even tries to “keep the peace” among the other 11 eggs in its dozen, who forgo their bedtime, eat sugary cereal, and break stuff. Rotten eggs indeed! When the pressure of being good proves too much, the beleaguered egg embarks on a journey of self-care. John embeds a seed of a great idea—finding a balance between personal and social responsibility—within a rip-roaring, touching narrative. Despite his sober narrator, the author’s sense of humor remains intact thanks to some clever (and punny) wordplay. Likewise, Oswald’s digitally composed, bright artwork pops with rib-tickling close-ups and character-building moments. Both text and art complement each other perfectly. Too long alone, the protagonist heads back to its rowdy family, imparting a slice of wisdom to readers: “I’ll be good to my fellow eggs while also being good to myself.” It’s an empowering moment made all the better when this good egg returns to find a rapturous welcome from the others.

Eggs-quisitely excellent. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-06-286600-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Sept. 30, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2018

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