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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
I would never have imagined having an imaginary friend named Little Fart. Who wants an imaginary friend that smells like rotten eggs now and then, but he is always by Timmy’s side. Authors Sam Lawrence and Ben Jackson are very imaginative and have created imaginary dragons and bloodthirsty pirates. Timmy had to explain what soccer is to his imaginary friend. Timmy is capable of keeping Little Fart, his imaginary friend, concealed, but occasionally, he lets out a chuckle because of Little Fart’s antics.
The images by illustrator Danko Herrera are realistic, but imaginative. Timmy’s big eyes are warm, adorable, and friendly. The Day My Fart Followed Me to Soccer is a funny, imaginative tale that will catch the attention of young boys who are attracted to outrageous titles. Others will read it because they wonder what it’s about. Authors Sam Lawrence and Ben Johnson cleverly teach the fundamentals of soccer hidden in the form of a humorous storybook. But, the story is also a lesson in sharing and teamwork because Timmy could have scored a goal, but he passed to the newest player, Stella, so she could experience her first goal. Soccer is a game about teamwork and passing. The authors have found a winning formula to get children to read more; they’ve included a popular sport, humor throughout the story, instruction about the sport, and the importance of teamwork. Well done! I loved the surprise ending—I wasn’t expecting that! Children and their parents will enjoy reading this funny tale and can probably relate to it. The Day My Fart Followed Me to Soccer is just one of a series of books that I look forward to reading—and my daughter can listen, too! A wonderful, hilarious book.