Posted by: Bill Lord | February 26, 2010

Parps, Poo and Pants

I have posted recently about the strategic leadership of ICT so have decided to concentrate on literacy for this one. It is about time for another book recommendation post but I thought that I would go for something a little different this time. I am a serial collector of children’s books and have grouped some of them into specific groups such as comic strips, space, books without text etc. Some of these sections are less sensible and one is dedicated to matters toilet.

Farley FartsFarley farts – Birte Muller What more do you need than a farting frog in water? The book is beautifully illustrated with great text telling the story of a little frog who is always farting and getting into trouble because of it. He simply can’t help himself and when he tries real hard to make it stop he only ends up holding in so much gas he blows up like a huge balloon. A wonderful book.

Pooh! Is That You, Bertie? – David Roberts A hilarious book written by one of my new favourite Pooh! Is that you, Bertie?illustrators, David Roberts. This is one of his early books which tells the story of how Bertie keeps getting caught breaking wind but then he shows how the rest of the family hide theirs

Dr Dog – Babette Cole An old classic this story of the Gumboyle’s dog who was also a doctor. The bit you want to know about is when Grandad farted so hard he blew the roof right off the house!

The Mole who knew it was none of his Business- Werner Holzwarth Mole decides to stick his head above the ground and ends up with a dung sausage on his head. He then confronts a range of animals accusing them of doing it – each of them demonstrates how it couldn’t be theirs!!! When he finally identifies Basil the Butcher’s dog he hunts him and gets his revenge!

Walter the Farting Dog – William Kotzwinkle This book has the power of reducing my wife to tears no matter Walter the Farting Doghow many times she reads it. The illustrations remind me of my early love of Mad magazine and text is wonderful. ‘Walter got the blame for everybody else’s farts too. If Uncle Irv let one slip, he just went and stood near Walter. Then all he had to say was, “Walter!” And everyone would look at poor Walter.’ This was the first of series books which include Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard sale, Rough Weather Ahead for Walter the Farting Dog, Walter the Farting Dog goes on a Cruise and Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach.

Who flung dung? – Ben Redlich Somebody has flung dung at Furley and he’s far from amused! Furley sets off to find the culprit and meets lots of suspicious characters on the way, but little does he know the real rascal is far closer to home than he suspected.

Captain Underpants – Dav Pilkey I first came across Dav Pikey when I found the wonderful and beautiful book, God Bless the Gargoyles which was published in 1996. Imagine my surprise when I came across Captain Underpants the story of two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, and the aptly-named superhero they accidentally create by hypnotizing their principal, Mr. Benny Krupp. The follow up Super Diaper Baby which tells the story of the first newborn ever to fight crime. There are many books available in both series with wonderful illustrations and comic strip elements.

Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer Mulch Diggums is a central character to the Artemis Fowl series of books who isMulch Diggums a  kleptomaniac dwarf. He is an expert burglar who is known to all fans for his incredibly powerful and, at times, deadly flatulence. Ultimately, Diggums is a tunnelling dwarf who unhinges his jaws to chew his way through the earth and passes the spoil through his rear end – this causes a build up of gas which tends to be passed at great velocity at times of stress. A favourite character for many readers!

I want my potty – Tony Ross The classic Little Princess tale about the perils of potty training! “Nappies are YUUECH!” said the Little Princess. “There MUST be something better!” At first the Little Princess thinks the royal potty is even worse than nappies but she soon learns to love it — even if it isn’t always there just when she needs it!

Denver Zoo presents Whose Poo? A great interactive section of the Denver Zoo web site which allows the reader to decide whose poo they are looking at!


  1. Wonderful books and a few that I must buy to add to my own collection. I have to say that ‘Pooh, is that you Bertie’ is my favourite and children love it.

    • I was lucky enough to meet David Roberts and he is hilarious. I think I may do a post on his wonderful books next!

  2. Wonderful – thanks.

    You must check out “Elephants Don’t Sit on Cars” by David Henry Wilson – the first short story is about an elephant that does its #2 – and always got my y5 in stitches…

    • Thanks Bill I am now going to add it to my Amazon list!

  3. Lovely blog post; wish I’d read about some of these books when my little ‘un was a bit younger. Sure she’d still enjoy them now mind!

    • I would certainly say that Walter the Farting dog would hit any age at all!!!!

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