I know the title sounds a bit weird. But yes, there truly is a book series called Sweet Farts. It’s obviously geared towards children/’tweens.
My son is what you call a “reluctant reader”. Simply put he hates to read. He only reads when he has to for school. You will never find him reading for the fun of it. I can count on one hand how many books he’s read on his own for the fun of it, and all but one book were from the Wimpy Kid series.
When I heard about the book series Sweet Farts I was intrigued. It’s hard not to be with a title like that. The books are written by Raymond Bean who is also a 4th grade teacher.
I received the first three books in the series. Here is a brief synopsis of each.
Sweet Farts #1
Someone has been farting up a storm at school and everyone thinks Keith Emerson is to blame. Unfortunately for Keith, it has earned him the nickname “S.B.D.” (silent but deadly). To make matters worse, Keith’s dad is a self proclaimed “Fart Machine” who really stinks it up at home. With the science fair quickly approaching, Keith decides he has had enough. He comes up with a science fair project idea to turn the foul smell of human gas into something sweet smelling. The idea lands him in the principal’s office, and in big trouble with his mom. With the help of his little sister Emma, his dad, his crazy grandma, and Benjamin Franklin (great American scientist), Keith will attempt to make the greatest scientific discovery of all time, the cure for the common fart.
Sweet Farts #2: Ripping it Old School
Keith Emerson discovered the cure for the common fart when he invented Sweet Farts. At age ten, Keith is a self-made millionaire who runs a science lab and is in charge of his own company—so what could possibly be bothering him? Well, his four-year-old sister’s new found love of farting is causing all kinds of problems. His friends spend most of their time and energy trying to embarrass him for fun.And if that isn’t enough to drive a kid crazy, the big science fair is weeks away and Keith has no idea what to do for his next experiment.
This time around, Keith will attempt to discover something new and amazing in time for the big science fair, deal with his friends’ constant teasing, and help his sister, Emma, learn the complex etiquette of farting. Sure he made one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time, but the question facing him now is “What’s next?”
Sweet Farts #3: Blown Away
Sweet Farts Inc. has two geniuses in one company, and it’s on! Keith started it all when he invented a cure for the common fart, but Anthony has a world class discovery of his own that has earned millions. Anthony is back from a trip around the world, and he’s on a mission to take over Keith’s Sweet Farts empire. Keith would love to take a few months off and enjoy his private baseball field and basketball court. Unfortunately for him, Mr. Gonzalez has really turned up the heat by entering Sweet Farts Inc. in the All World Science Challenge. The weeks leading up to the international competition will push Keith and his young company to the brink of ruin. In the latest installment of the Sweet Farts series, Keith will attempt to lead the staff of Sweet Farts Inc. into the All World Science Competition, defend his Empire against Sir Anthony the Farter’s power play, and accept a few unexpected and humbling truths along the way. Who will run the company as it moves forward? Your guess is as good as anyone else’s.
As you can see from the titles and descriptions these books take a rather taboo subject – farts – and turned it into funny stories that children (boys especially) will enjoy. After all, boys are into gross things like that. LOL!
To be honest I haven’t read the books all the way through yet. I have other books I am currently reading for reviews. Also, these are geared towards children (grades 3-5) and an adult might find something “cringe-worthy” where as a child will find it hysterically funny.
My son is a couple of years older then the target age group. It’s not so much for the content but rather the words are simple and it’s a very easy to read. As my son puts it the words are “big”. The bigger the words (text/font) the easier the book is the read and the more simple the words are. Books geared towards his age have a smaller text/font and there can be several paragraphs per page. My son, the reluctant reader, opts for books with big text/fonts.
I read snippets of each of the books (a paragraph or page here and there). I can see the appeal for young readers. And I have to admit that they do seem like really funny books, even if the subject matter is not necessarily funny.
My son read the first book and is approximately 1/3rd of the way through book #2. He’s at that age where you can’t ask him anything without a grunt or moan (got to love ‘tweens and teens). I’m ASSUMING he likes the books because he hates to read and he’s been reading it on his own without me having to nag him to read (I’m a mom – we nag. ). And the fact he started the second book is a good sign too. I’ve honestly not bugged him about the books in hopes that he would willingly read them on his own.
Although the subject matter might make some moms and dads cringe, kids do think it’s funny. And anything that encourages reluctant readers to read gets a two thumbs up from me.
I have all three books to give to a lucky reader (Sweet Farts #1, Sweet Farts #2 and Sweet Farts #3).
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on May 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries.
*I received free sample copies of the books in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in anyway.