This month’s Kid Lit column is all about kid humor AKA potty humor. If your children are like mine, they love to laugh and have an innate sense of humor. Stories with poop, farts, burps, stink, stank or a description of some other weird bodily function is mentioned are always sure favorites with children and are guaranteed to bring on the giggles.
Now potty humor books might not be a parent’s first choice when it comes to reading material for young children, but it usually is a sure bet when children are picking out their own books to read. Some parents may snub their nose at this month’s column and some libraries have even banned some of these books, but personally I think these books are good, clean and clever fun aimed at getting children to enjoy to read and isn’t that the whole purpose of books – to actually enjoy reading?
So without any further toilet paper unraveling, here’s my list of what I like to call “poop fiction” for the pre-to elementary school set….
A rowdy, ravenous New York City garbage truck is the unlikely and thoroughly engaging narrator of this book. “Know what I do at night while you’re asleep?” asks the brazen vehicle, “Eat your TRASH, that’s what!”
Jim McMullan’s exaggerated art humorously reflects the personality of this garbage truck, whose windshield serves as bulging eyes and whose bumper becomes an enormous set of teeth. As the trash inside his belly gets compacted, a full spread records his loud “BURRRP!” The truck contentedly – with a big “Ahhhhhh!” – announces that he now has room for “alphabet soup,” and presents a gratifyingly gross ABC of items that he devours: from apple cores to dirty diapers, fish heads, kitty litter, puppy poo and ugly underpants.
He freely admits to his stench, and tells readers to “Go on, hold your nose, but think about it, without me? You’re on Mount Trash-o-rama, baby,” as only skyscraper tops clear the pictured mound of refuse.
The suggested age range for this book is for children aged 4 and up and a grade level from preschool to 3rd.
Every child – and heck, plenty of adults even – know that nothing’s funnier than a fart joke. And it’s also a universal truth (and mysterious fact!) that people don’t mind the smell of their own farts, while everyone else’s should be avoided at all costs.
Animal Gas explores this hilarious concept through a parade of wacky animals who describe why they think their own farts stink – against the truth about how they REALLY smell!
Author Bryan Ballinger comical and detailed illustrations give each animal their own personality while skillfully using imagery as a means of relaying a sense of smell.
For example a cow poetically states “I foof in the night as well as the day. It smells like perfume and flowers in May.” And the chicken standing behind her retorts “Perfume…? Flowers…? Now that’s quite a leap. Try mold and some beans all piled up in a heap.”
Our copy of the book even came with its very own whoopee cushion – because the sound of a fart alone is known to bring on the hysterics with the kid crew!
The suggested age range for this book is from 3-7 years and a grade level from preschool to 2nd.
“A book with no pictures?
What could be fun about that?
After all, if a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page.
Words that might make you say silly sounds… In ridiculous voices…
Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?”
This very obviously is a read-aloud book that introduces young children to the powerful idea that the written world can be an unending source of mischief and delight.
Here’s how the book works: everything the words say, the person reading the book has to actually say. NO MATTER WHAT. It inspires laughter with readers being forced to utter nonsense words such as “blork,” “bluurf” and “glibbity globbity!”
The suggested age range for this book is from 5-8 years and a grade level from kindergarten to 3rd.
“Faster than a speeding waistband… more powerful than boxer shorts…” It’s Captain Underpants!
Prepare for action, laughs and well, lots of underpants with this graphic novel super hero series. The stories revolve around two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins and of course, Captain Underpants, an aptly named superhero from one of the boy’s homemade comic books who accidentally becomes real when George and Harold hypnotize their megalomaniacal principal, Mr. Krupp.
There are 12 books in this series with subtitles including The Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000, The Perilous Plot Of Professor Poopypants and The Wrath Of The Wicked Wedgie Women and features cleverly named recurring characters such as Mr. Meaner Ms. Tara Ribble, Ms. Guided, Mr. Rected and no story about elementary school would be complete without The Lunch Ladies.
The suggested age range for this book is for children 7 years and older and a grade level from 2nd and higher.
When eleven-year-old Nilly moves to a new neighborhood, he meets his neighbor, Doctor Proctor, an eccentric professor who invents wacky potions and powders—including an industrial strength fart powder that can send people to outer space. Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and his new friend Lisa must go to great lengths to protect the invention and keep it out of the hands of their neighbors, who try to use the powder for evil purposes.
This is the first book in a very funny middle grade series of children’s books from bestselling Norwegian mystery author Nesbo. Other whimsical titles in the collection include Who Cut the Cheese?, Bubble in the Bathtub and The Magical Fruit.
The suggested age range for this book is for children 8 – 12 years and a grade level from 3rd to 7th.
Honorable mentions include: Brief Thief; Fungus the Bogeyman; The Booger Book: Pick It, Lick It, Roll It, Flick It; Walter the Farting Dog; The Underwear Book and Good Families Don’t.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s is your favorite all-time book?
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