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)