Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Inside Scoop..On Poop! - Hilarious #Childrens #Book #Review & #Giveaway

While it can be a icky subject to talk about, poop is something everyone does but most people don't give it a second thought until they have children that are being potty trained.  For children, potty training can be very stressful and it always seems like it takes them a little bit longer to learn how to do number two in the potty.  One of my favorite authors, Artie Bennett, has come out with his follow-up to the widely popular "The Butt Book".  This hilarious children's book has the inside scoop on every type and use of poop!

More information on "Poopendous!"
Artie Bennett is one of my absolute favorite children's authors.  He has an incredible talent for writing catchy tales that children of all ages absolutely love!  According to his website, "Now that The Butt Book was out and selling like hotcakes, I cast about for the perfect follow-up and I thought that, perhaps, a children's book in verse about poop would be the ticket.  In fact, what more fertile topic could there be for one's 'number two' picture book.  And when the word 'poopendous' came to me out of the blue, I knew I had both the title and the final spread for my next book.  Curiously, just like with The Butt Book, I now sat down to write a memorable, rousing ending first before working my way back through the manuscript."
"Poopendous" is the perfect follow-up to "The Butt Book" which was just as clever and fun to read.  I actually had to opportunity to work with Artie on "The Butt Book" and had a blast so I was very eager to read "Poopendous!". 

My Review
When Artie contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing his new book I very enthusiastically said yes!  I had such a blast reviewing "The Butt Book" and thought that "Poopendous" would be just as much fun.  As with the first book, Artie was kind enough to sign a copy of "Poopendous" and it arrived just two days before Ashton's birthday.  It couldn't have come at a better time and when I showed Ashton on the morning of his birthday he insisted on reading it right away.  This book is full of great information and Artie's talent for writing clever, rhyming children's stories has always kept Ashton's attention.  Here are just a couple interesting things we've learned from "Poopendous" and Artie's website.

  • Did you know that the most expensive coffee in the world comes from Indonesia?  The coffee is brewed from beans gathered from the poop of the wild Asian palm civet, a weasel-like animal.  It's called "kopi luwak" and is said to be free of bitterness and to taste nutty and chocolaty.  It can sell for as much as $200 a cup!
  • Guano, the droppings of bats and seabirds, is a highly valued fertilizer.  The Incan people of Peru so prized it that anyone caught disturbing the seabird colonies where the guano was collected was subject to the death penalty.
  • "Everyone Poops", the classic children's book, was published in Great Britain under the name "Everyone Poos".

We absolutely love this book and have already read it several times.  This is a great book to read together with a child that is learning to read or as an amusing bedtime story.   I am very impressed with Artie Bennett and each of his adorable books.  Children of every age will really enjoy "Poopendous".  I highly recommend this book to parents and grandparents of younger children that are learning to read, children that are being potty trained or anyone looking for an amusing bedtime story to read with their children.  
Shopaholic Rating: 6 out of 5 Shopping Bags - Usually when I'm this anxious about something I work myself up so much I end up disappointed but this book actually exceeded even my highest expectations.  I absolutely love this book!

Where can you purchase a copy of "Poopendous"?
If you're interested in picking up a copy of "Poopendous" or if you'd like to find more information about this book you can visit Artie's website.  You can also pick up a copy of Poopendous at Barnes and Noble for only $13.18.  You can also find a copy at Amazon.com or your local children's book retailer.  For a great sneak peek at Poopendous click HERE

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