#PPBF: Belches, Burps and Farts – Oh My!

Welcome, everyone! Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday – I review a picture book, provide a simple fun craft you can do with your kids and then I link up with dozens of other writers, moms, librarians and other lovers of picture books on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.


I hope all of you have had a great summer. I stepped back from blogging to work on my vegetable garden and focus on picture book writing. I took Kristen Fulton’s Non-Fiction Archaeology class in June, Renee LaTulippe’s Lyrical Language Lab in August, and attended a writing retreat at Squam Lake in New Hampshire just last weekend. It’s definitely been a rewarding summer.


Back in June, I did a review of Peter Panda Melts Down by Artie Bennett. My grandson loved that book! So I am really thrilled to be reviewing Artie’s newest picture book, Belches, Burps, and Farts – Oh My!


Belchess_CVR_forppt_lrBELCHES, BURPS, AND FARTS – OH MY!

Written by Artie Bennett

Illustrations By Pranas T. Naujokaitis

Publisher: Blue Apple Books (2014)

Ages: 5 and up

Themes: Facts about belches, burps and farts and how to deal with them, humor, body functions


Opening Lines:

“On these pages, we’ll explore some body sounds we can’t ignore! No, not the sneeze, the wheeze, the sigh, but belches, burps and farts, oh my!”



From Amazon:

“Young readers will discover many fascinating facts about burps, belches, and farts. Real science and zany rhyme combine to teach kids the how, why, and where of gas-tastic eruptions made by people and animals, such as:

• why we can’t burp while on our backs
• which animals can’t “cut the cheese”
• how fish communicate via burp bubbles
• why soda and burps go together
• who farts more—boys or girls”


Why I like this book:

  • A fun way to learn about a topic most people are embarrassed to talk about – I learned a bunch of stuff I didn’t know
  • I read it to my grandson – he thought it was hilarious and was really interested in the facts
  • I love the mix of humor and nonfiction which is very appealing to reluctant readers and perfect for classroom units on body science

How a parent can use this book:

  • Talk about belching, burping and farting – they are natural functions of our bodies – but we can be polite and say excuse me
  • Have fun with the book with your kids

Have you seen Artie’s other books? They are hilarious!


If you’d like to find out more about the author and his books, please visit: ArtieBennett.com

Related Activities:

Cartoon Drawing for Kids


Photo courtesy: http://artforkidshub.com/how-to-draw-a-raccoon-cartoon/

Kids love cartoons. And they are really easy to draw. Click the link above to find detailed instructions for drawing the raccoon and many other animals.


And a big thank you to Artie for the final picture…quite appropriate for the END of this post, wouldn’t you say?

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About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on September 12, 2014, in Body Functions, Crafts for kids, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture book reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. Catherine Johnson

    What a great summer you’ve had, Vivian! My kids would love those books. I like the illustrations.


  2. I love the opening lines! His books are a gas! Kids will giggle for sure.


  3. What a hoot! This is such a fun book for kids, as well as educational. Love the opening!


  4. This sounds like a great book. I loved the bulleted list in the synopsis and am seriously curious about several things on the list. Must find this book!


  5. These are the kinds of facts kids love to learn – and often repeat! This is sure to be a hit with even reluctant readers.


  6. Love! My kids are so drawn to these scatological themes – it’s a great way to motivte kids to read! If you need more for the list there is the(mostly) non-fiction Farts in the Wild: complete with sound effects buttons. Hilarious!


  7. My boys would love this! Just put it on the list. 🙂


  8. I think we can all tell who you’ve been hanging out with this summer! Ha! You MUST check out The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit (which is not the original title translation!)


  9. I am sure I’d learn a few new facts from this!!


  10. I love this book! 😀 Mr. Bennett is an awesome author, and a great guy! 😀


  11. Mr. Bennett’s book topics are surely kid pleasers! And as a science nerd, I love this. My kids loved a children’s book called The Gas We Pass. Evergreen topic!


  12. I saw this title and thought, that’s got to be Artie! 🙂 His books are so great because they combine nonfiction about topics a lot of people don’t want to talk about with zaniness and humor – so appealing to kids! And it never occurred to me that one gender might be more gaseous than the other, so now I’m curious and will have to go read the book 🙂 Thanks for adding it to our list, Vivian!


  13. Ha, you know this could partner up with Lonely Planet’s Not for Parents Real Wonders of the World, which I have. Kids love this sort of thing, yet learn a great deal about life in all its good and bad functions (bodily or otherwise) A winner for sure, Vivian. Loved seeing you here again for PPBF!


  14. Wow! I’m impressed with how he imparts so much information in a fun-to-read rhyme. I’ll definitely check this one out. Thanks, Vivian!


  15. Oh goodness, my two boys would be all over these books. They are right up there with Capt. Underpants!


  16. “Oh my” is right! Definitely getting this book for my class:)
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  17. We need to check out these books. Funny, the library has the butt book on audio… wondering how that will be.


  18. Of my goodness this book sounds so priceless! Thanks for sharing Booknificent Thursday! I’m about to see if my library has it!


  19. It sounds like your summer was full and fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again next week.


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