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5.0 out of 5 starsFun and Funny Book--Good For Reluctant Readers
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
Fun and interesting read. This book appeals to advanced 8-9yr old readers and early Tweens. Boys seem to especially like this book. Girls like it, too, but the draw is larger for boys in my daughter's class. The best part is that they are learning science while laughing about farts. This book is also a good read for reluctant readers.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
I'm a third grade teacher and this is by far one of the best read alouds I've ever chosen! My kids loved the initial ick factor of the title, but they were even .ore intrigued by the story itself. This particular story has great potential for a science crossover. Both of the sequels are equally interesting.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Book to Get Your Child Interested in Reading
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2013
My Son entered 4th grade this year and the focus is geared towards additional reading. My son loves to laugh and have fun so I decided to get him something I knew he would have fun reading. He loves this book and we have had a good time laughing and reading and just having fun time as mom and son. He doesn't know my hidden agenda, "for him to see how reading can take you anywhere" he just sees the fun in the character and even commented, "Keith gets me" the main character. For any parents who have a child who isn't so keen on the reading idea, get this book, it will surely have you laughing. This one hit a home run for us!!! Looking forward to #2, and #3.
4.0 out of 5 starsI don't care if this book is all about flatulence!
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2012
My 9yo's taste in books seem to outstrip his reading abilities a lot of the time, ie, things that he can manage are too boring and things that he likes (eg, Harry Potter, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe etc) are a bit beyond him. We struck gold with the Wimpy Kid books and now with this one, Sweet Farts. We have it on kindle and I like that I can increase the font size for him so it is a bit easier and he can feel like he is getting through a lot more pages in his 15 minute daily reading session. My son is getting a real sense of achievement and enjoyment from reading this book so it is thumbs up from me!
Walker has never been much of a reader (his obsession is sports if you didn’t know already), so I have this ongoing quest to find something that will get him to read. He likes anything sports-related, but really, Sports Illustrated for Kids only has so much reading involved. And I want him to get into chapter books. I’ve bought Planet Tad, Geronimo Stilton, Magic Treehouse, Wimpy Kid – you name it. He has some interest, but nothing he’s really into.
I love to read, so of course the image of him sitting with a book or the inability to put one down when called for dinner – that’s the experience I want him to have in a book.
So when these books showed up on Amazon, I thought, hey, why not, I’ll give it a whirl. I mean, Captain Underpants…there’s that…but this series…hmmm…Of course, he can’t put it down. I mean, THIS….has NEVER happened before…
And of course he wanted to take it to school. Being the responsible parent, I told him when he went into class to ask the teacher if it was ok. And of course (although she thought it was funny) she said no.
It’s the F word that kills it, I know…but the little boys just giggle when they say SweetFarts. My mother has always despised that word, but I’ve never thought it was that awful – probably because when I was in college a day didn’t go by that some dude didn’t scream it in our dorm.
So, if you ever wondered, as I did, here’s the scoop on that cousin word to poop:
The English word fart is one of the oldest words in the English vocabulary. Fart is most commonly used in reference to flatulence. The word “fart” is generally considered unsuitable in formal situations as it may be considered vulgar or offensive. Fart can be used as a noun or a verb.[
In certain circles the word is considered merely a common profanity with an often humorous connotation. For example, a person may be referred to as a ‘fart’, or an ‘old fart’, not necessarily depending on the person’s age. This may convey the sense that a person is boring or overly fussy and be intended as an insult, mainly when used in the second or third person. For example ‘”he’s a boring old fart!” However the word may be used as a colloquial term of endearment or in an attempt at humorous self-deprecation (e.g., in such phrases as “I know I’m just an old fart” or “you do like to fart about!”). ‘Fart’ is often only used as a term of endearment when the subject is personally well known to the user.
In both cases though, it tends to refer to personal habits or traits that the user considers to be a negative feature of the subject, even when it is a self-reference.
You learn something new every day right? In the meantime, if you’re trying to get your 8-10 year old into reading, I’d recommend some SweetFarts. Just don’t take it to school. Or church. That probably wouldn’t be a good idea either.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat book for my fourth grader son
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2013
My son has to read so many minutes per month for his reading grade. While he reads well, he doesn't LIKE to read which are two different things. I ordered this book on my Kindle and we read a couple chapters each night. He enjoyed the plot and REALLY enjoyed it more when his dad heard us reading it and was a little put off by all the metaphors for "farting". As an adult, I couldn't imagine what plot could revolve around flatuation but this book has a simple plot with a good ending. I think some people may not want to order it because it does revolve around something we all try to ignore, but it peaked his interest enough that we've ordered the 2nd book for this month. To me, a book that can engage my son, is worth buying.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis will be liked by the third graders...
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2011
I have 2 boys (plus a dog with mad skills when fed treats) so I understand that in the natural order of the world farts are funny...of course I never have personally farted as I am the mother, but I do at least comprehend.
My second grader has been reading the Wimpy Kid books (and Captain Underpants) but I think he is just a tiny bit young for this one. He likes the fart parts of course, but the science fair aspect is a little over his head. Also, the ending is a little to fast and pat for much older than third or fourth grade, but quite enjoyable to the mind of an 8 year old.
The big brother/little sister interaction seems a little forced (would any 9 year old think his 3 year old sister is the cutest thing?), but really I am nitpicking.
Now, all that said, the book is a gas! (Sorry, couldn't help that one). One of the funniest topics known to boys, with a little bit of a serious bent (dealing with another kid and getting set up for ridicule) and then turning it around...fun stuff. If farting is what it takes to encourage reading, then fart away. I like it.
Well as an adult I was intrigued with title initially and thought in particular about my grand children who derive great mirth from the ' farting ' phenomenon . I will consult with their parents to asses the suitability of this fiction for them as they grow older. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. !