I blame my Mum and our local library for starting this when the book Father Christmas comes up trumps graced our regular reading rota.
Then again, our boys have giggled at ‘bubbles’ almost since they learned to laugh.
Thanks to the ABC’s Great Fart Survey we know that Aussie kids fart around 24 times every single day. And girls actually fart more often than boys. Who knew?
Mind you, I’m sure another survey would find that boys laugh at farts about 10 times more often than girls do.
With two sons I figure the best I can hope for is to teach them not to fart in front of girls if they ever want to spend more than 30 seconds with one.
And hey, if it’s going to entice them to read, I’m all for it.
Flatulence, Farting and Other Bodily Functions – In Print
Without further ado, I present to you, an introduction to the Flatulence Picture Book genre.
Given it’s nearly the Yuletide season, let’s start with the appropriate books. Nicholas Allan has this one pretty much covered with his two runaway hits.
We then move on to your more generic Fartus Horribilis.
The New York Times bestseller, now in it’s 10th year of success, the original Walter the Farting Dog.
The international sensation and geographically educational, Farts Around the World.
The medical how to guide:
Which will clearly be useful to the flatulently impaired, such as this boy:
Even the marine life are not safe from the Silent-But-Deadly reaches of this vile genre:
And finally, the frighteningly popular Gassy-Horror sub genre:
For those who have been entirely insulted by the crudity of this post (which begs the question – why are you still reading?) and prefer something a little more abstract, I will leave you with a brief tour of the more polite but still wildly successful underpants sub genre.
Is it just me? Are your kids fart-obsessed?
Would any of these books convince your kids to read?