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Apr 18 2019

Fart Monster and me: The class excursion by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

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ABC Books. 2019. ISBN: 9780733340215. 57p
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Themes: Humour, Speculative/Sci fi. Ben Dugan takes his Fart Monster to school. His teacher, Mr Bendentoot has organized an excursion to the Space exhibit at the local museum. On the bus, various children deny causing the foul emissions of the Fart Monster. At the museum, Professor Wilson demonstrates the interactive displays to the class, which cleverly foreshadow the novel's twist! After Fart Monster failed to find his home in the simulated Solar System, an anti-gravity experience keeps Lucy, Carter, Dave, Laura and the rest of the class occupied while Ben and the Fart Monster investigate the Space Shuttle display.
Fart Monster convinces Ben to read the instructions so that they can use the shuttle to take him home to his beloved 'Let her Rip' planet. Despite his reservations, Ben and Fart Monster take off. Their spacecraft stalls with their destination in sight but they solve the problem and land the space shuttle. What will Fart Monster's planet be like? How is Ben going to get home?
Another bodily function narrative with pleasing caricatures, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.
Deborah Robins

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