Guest Post from Artie Bennett, Author Extraordinaire!
Author of Belches, Burps and Farts- Oh My!
Blue Apple Books
Not only does Artie have an absolute knack for bringing some of society's most giggle-worthy topics (Belches! Burps! Farts!) into the spotlight, he does so in a way that's informative, fun and appealing to all ages. I've seen seventy-year-old grandfathers sit down with five-year-old grandkids to read Artie's books, and both readers have come away from the experience with big smiles and absolute joy on their faces.
So with that being said, I'm delighted to share a guest post from Artie discussing what it means to share his book with younger readers, and what he's looking forward to when it comes to sharing this book!
Artie, we’ve got a question for you: What are you most looking forward to when it comes to sharing your exciting, brand-new book, Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, with your legions of fans?
I have to say that I’m really looking forward to sharing the fascinating science that underlies this “explosive’ topic. And it really is fascinating. I did oodles of research for Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! and now have a deeper understanding, as well as a notebook packed to the gills with fun facts. I was able to shape many of these choice nuggets into choice verses. For example, were you aware how universal farting is in the animal kingdom?
And this one came as a complete revelation to me. I was certain that cattle were, collectively, the most fruitful farters out there. Everybody knows that, right? But as I began to delve more deeply into the matter, I was surprised--and delighted—to learn otherwise.
I’ve already had a few pre-publication appearances, where the book was greeted with wild enthusiasm. At the Bellefonte branch of Centre County Library, in central Pennsylvania, during a momentary lull, a young boy cried out, “This is the best field trip ever!” as other heads nodded in agreement.
Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! even features a two-page spread at story’s end, with much more about these pungent puffs that exit from out mouths and duffs, for those whose appetite for the subject has just been whetted.
But most of all, I’m looking forward to saying the word “fart” without incurring social opprobrium. And after all, what boy, of any age--even an old fart—could resist that. Pffffftttt!!!!! Happy reading!
Thank you so much for joining us, Artie! We know everyone will love Belches, Burps, and Farts-Oh My! and we're definitely looking forward to sharing it with other readers in our lives!
About the author:
Artie, who would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose,” is the proud author of The Butt Book, his first “mature” work, which published in 2010. The Butt Book was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. His “number two” picture book, fittingly, was entitled Poopendous! What more fertile topic could there be but poop!
Poopendous! earned a bumper crop of great reviews, including this one in the Huffington Post: “For anyone who loved The Butt Book, you must immediately go and buy Artie Bennett’s follow-up, Poopendous! It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational.” The Show Me Librarian weighed in with: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.”
His third picture book, Peter Panda Melts Down!, illustrated by the virtuosic artist John Nez, published in February 2014. Among the parade of praise the book received, The Library of Clean Reads said, “This is an utterly charming book that had my son and I chuckling and reminiscing about his toddler years,” while the Mother Daughter Book Club raved, “It all comes together to make Peter Panda Melts Down! a book to read again and again!”
And now comes the uproarious Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, illustrated by the superb Pranas Naujokaitis (Don’t worry. He can’t pronounce it either!).
Artie was the youngest (at age thirteen) person to originate and sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times. He went on to sell several dailies and two large Sunday puzzles to the Times before he began college. It’s been downhill ever since.
He and his wife, Leah, live deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his spare time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors.
He is pleased to share the visionary promise of The Butt Book, Poopendous!, Peter Panda Melts Down!, and Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! with a wider audience.
Visit ArtieBennett.com . . . before someone else does!