Top Ten Books For Children Who Think That Farts Are Funny

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PHRRRPPHT! Botty burps are funny, as are bogies, poo and all manner of other bodily functions. Children are never too young to join in with the joke. We love books with a cheeky glint in their eye, that don't shy away from sniggering at such childish things. Of course, these are all books for children, so there's nothing hideously unsuitable or inappropriate. Parents will, no doubt, roll their eyes, but when they see how much the young 'uns enjoy reading and laughing at the books, they'll (have to) go along for the ride. Why not tell us about your favourites?


Chick by Ed Vere

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A pop-up from Ed Vere with his trademark robust colours and endearing characters will be a firm favourite with children and adults. There's humour too in what Chick does (seemingly endlessly!) after he's eaten - and I'll bet that there won't be a child that doesn't love that page! Highly recommended. Full review...

The Baby Dragon-Tamer by Jan Fearnley

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A dragon storms into a baby's bedroom, snorting silver sparks and farting purple smoke. He roars and demands the baby hand over all his treasure. The baby, being just a baby, simply giggles. Jan Fearnley's wonderful picture book sees the dragon try all he can to get the baby to give up his riches. Full review...

Have You Seen My Potty? by Mij Kelly

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A light-hearted look at toilet training as an increasingly desperate Suzy Sue searches for her potty. Highly recommended. Full review...

Shake Rattle and Hurl (Rotten School) by R L Stine

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Shake Rattle & Hurl is unadulterated rubbish. Quite without a shred of value, it will be loved by all pre-teen boys. Full of farts, spots, vomit and snot, just about every possible variation on toilet humour is contained within. You'll hate it and they'll love it. Just give in and buy it. Full review...

Why is Snot Green? by Glenn Murphy

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A perfectly pitched, informative, interesting and amusing science book book for children at Key Stage 2 and slightly beyond. The vocabulary is challenging but the clear sentence structure and bite-size presentation make it easy to read. Great stuff. Full review...

Serious Survival: How to Poo in the Arctic and Other Essential Tips for Explorers by Marshall Corwin

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A comprehensive, interesting and fun companion book to the children's TV show that shows 12-14 year olds on extreme Outward Bound-style expeditions. It's particularly apropos for sporty children and also for those who don't like reading fiction. Full review...

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

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A classic Roald Dahl story in which an unpleasant adult gets their deserved comeuppance, George's Marvellous Medicine is a Bookbag favourite. Short enough for sharing and accessible enough for newly confident readers, it's absolutely perfect in every way. Full review...

Monster Makers: Stinkermite by Ali Sparkes

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The two boys who can create real-life monsters from their own drawings jokingly create a fart-chaser to snatch a horrid cousin. The joke soon loses all humour - except for us, happily reading this inventive little adventure. Full review...

Measle and the Slitherghoul by Ian Ogilvy

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The son of a major magician has a fourth published adventure, against the giant living bogey that a young warlock made by mistake eight hundred years ago. Entertaining enough for its target audience... Full review...


The Day My Bum Went Psycho by Andy Griffiths

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The Day My Bum Went Psycho is a riotous romp through every possible fart joke there is and as such, is irresistible to children everywhere. Scatalogical humour will never lose its appeal, especially to children under twelve. It's very funny, but it really is a one-trick pony. This doesn't matter to the children, but it does matter to the poor parents who are reading the book aloud. A star docked for that. Full review...

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