Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? This is a hilarious book about a snail, Shelton, who eats a peanut and then lets out a peanut shaped fart. The fart follows him around until he can’t take the teasing from his friends anymore. He captures the fart, puts it in a bottle and pushes the bottle into a stream. After a while he feels bad and goes in search of the fart. At last he looks in the sky and sees that the fart has grown up, and has several little farts around him. The last sentence of the book is priceless and had me laughing out loud. This is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It is a book written in Chinese with the English pronunciation written above it. There is a full translation of the story at the back of the book and a reference page for further study.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book, except that some teachers might not want young children reading “potty” humor. It might not be appropriate for very young children.
To whom would you recommend this book? Older children will understand the humor. It is also certified appropriate for intermediate learners of Chinese by the ACTFL Proficiency guidelines.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, Chinese immersion classes, any Chinese language learner
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, this book was really funny.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher Washington, DC.
Date of review: August 2, 2017