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Children's Author Tackles Typically Faux Pas Topics

by on July 25, 2014 6:00 AM

Burps. Farts. Poop.

Usually adults scold children when they bring up such faux pas subjects in public.

But children's author Artie Bennett tackles those topics in his non-fiction picture books, "The Butt Book," "Poopendus!" and "Belches, Burps and Farts—Oh My!"

During a reading Thursday at the Schlow Centre Region Library, Bennett brought the books to life as listening children giggled and asked questions.

He explains, through his books, the various uses of waste – building cow dung huts, fertilizer, county fair cow plop bingo. And he lets kids know that everyone, yes, everyone, burps and farts.

Bennett said afterward he writes about subject matter he thinks will get kids excited about reading.

"In addition to just being informed about how fascinating these topics are, I hope they take away a love for books," says Bennett.

In the Digital Age, Bennett says children are "bombarded by electronic stimuli" making it more challenging to draw a child to a traditional, printed book.

"Just the simple pleasure of reading can often be overlooked," he says.

By writing about burps and butts in "wholesome, sweet" ways Bennett says his books appeal to all children, especially boys and reluctant readers.

"It's gratifying to see kids excited, not about something I've written, but about books in general," he says.

Bennett resides in Brookly, N.Y. To learn more about the author, click HERE.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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