Saturday, March 27, 2010

158 (2010 #23). Fartiste

by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer,
illustrated by Boris Kulikov

This is an "explosively funny, mostly true story" about Joseph Pujul, otherwise known as Le P├ętomane. Pujol (1857-1945) had the amazing ability to fart (without odor) on command.

Krull mostly writes biographies for children; her husband Brewer mostly writes joke books, so this tale is an interesting collaboration. Told in hilariously clever rhyming couplets, it's classified as historical fiction. The colorful mixed media (acrylic, gouache, watercolor, and ink) pictures by Kulikov, who also illustrated Krull's Giants of Science series, add to the fun.

This is a great picture book that will appeal especially to little (and not-so-little) boys.

[This book was borrowed from my university library, and goes back tomorrow.]

© Amanda Pape - 2010

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