Bottom Burps

Children - Picture Book
24 Pages
Reviewed on 04/09/2018
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Bottom Burps is a children’s picture book written by Dave Cudd and illustrated by Brendan Mauer. As a young boy ponders his loud and odorous bodily functions, he comes to realize that flatulence is a natural occurrence as long as he excuses himself afterwards. But when he thinks of how his father, mother, baby sister, grandparents, uncles and even the dog react to their own bottom burps, it doesn’t seem to quite add up to the advice he has received about his own. All he knows is that when it happens, he must always excuse himself afterwards.

I must confess that I am writing this with tears in my eyes from laughter at the way the book is written. Dave Cudd’s message to young tots on manners when it comes to the big stink is beautifully delivered and reminds me so much of my own family. Although the child is taught to excuse himself for passing wind, the adults of the house always seem to make jokes, blame others, go into denial or make comments about the croaking frogs at their own bottom burps. Although pets may not laugh afterwards, when oxygen is replenished in the room after a cool breeze blows the smell away, all those who’d had to evacuate probably do. Bottom Burps truly gave me the hearty laugh that I needed today and I believe that this tale will possibly (even probably) have the same effect on most other readers as well.

Written as a guide to parents, Bottom Burps shows that you can teach a child how to utilize good manners without being overly strict – and that sometimes it is just fine to laugh at yourself when you end up with scented undies. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bottom Burps and recommend it to all parents and guardians of young ones, as well as to school teachers who oftentimes have to survive the invisible phantom stink of the classroom.