Children’s Book Review: Poopendous & The Butt Book by Artie Bennett


Rhyming couplets feature Professor Poopdeck and two young friends as he takes them on a type of poop safari. Words for poop (i.e. guano, number two, ca-ca), its forms and styles (cubes, tubular, wet and dry), and myriad of uses (i.e. souvenirs, a means of tracking and marking, housing insulation, food, fertilizer, fuel) 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 stuff than you might think!

The Butt Book
Make way for the butt!

Tall butts, short butts, round butts, flat butts.

Butts on mummies and butts on mommies. Butts on giraffes and elephants and dogs and … FISH?

Yes, even fish butts are celebrated in this tribute to backsides, rumps, tushies, keisters, heinies, and derrieres. Dozens of funny rhymes and pages of laugh-out-loud pictures pay homage to a body part that keeps kids and grown-ups giggling with glee.

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My Thoughts:

At the Celebrate the Book (Carlisle, PA) event last weekend, I had the chance to attend a children’s book reading with a friend’s little girl. We’ll call her Miss A so I’m not plastering her name all over the internet. Shout out to Miss A!!

Miss A and I both had a good time at the reading. The author, Artie Bennett, read Poopendous and The Butt Book and told us some interesting facts as well.  Did you know that dried out cow pies were (are?) used like Frisbees? Because of fun facts like that…and the sheer entertainment value of talking about poop I decided that Poopendous was my favorite of the two. Miss A decided that her favorite was The Butt Book.

You can tell that the author really enjoys what he does; he was very engaging for both the kids and the adults. In fact, I think the adults chuckled more than the kids, haha.  So if you ever have the chance to see him do a reading I say go for it whether or not you have a kid in tow ;-)

Overall Ratings:

4 out of 5 for The Butt Book
5 out of 5 for Poopendous


  1. Hahahaha! Thats hilarious! Books about butts, kids will love those!

  2. Thank you, Jen, for your many kind words! Celebrate the Book was a hoot--and I can't wait to return. I'm so glad that you and Miss A enjoyed my readings. After all, what's not to like about butts and poop! :-)


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