New York City
Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and the author of several children’s books. He says: “I would be hailed as the “Dr. Seuss of your caboose,” with the publication of “The Butt Book,” my first “mature” work. “The Butt Book” was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. I then answered the call of doody with my “number two” picture book, “Poopendous!” which published to great acclaim. Hmmm. Do you sense a theme? However, I took a slight detour with my next picture book, a more traditional, though no less hilarious, storybook entitled “Peter Panda Melts Down!” which came out just as panda fever was sweeping the nation. But then I got right back on track with the uproarious, explosively funny “Belches, Burps, and Farts–Oh My!”
Rhyming couplets feature Professor Poopdeck and two young friends as he takes them on a type of poop safari. Words for poop (e.g., guano, number two, ca-ca), its forms and styles (cubes, tubular, wet and dry), and myriad of uses (souvenirs, a means of tracking and marking, housing insulation, food, fertilizer, fuel, etc.) are all conveyed with humor and a certain demand for respect. It’s a book that says: Don’t just flush this stuff away! While it may dismay and stink, there’s more to this than you might think!