by M. Thompson Lane & Paige Lane
Art Bound Bindery 10/18/2013
Age 8 to 13 70 pages
“Disgustingly clever, impolite, hilarious, messy, goofy, crusty. Simply brilliant, stinky, gross, funny. It’s a Goobey!”
THE JUDD GOOBEY GUARANTEE: I promise that nothing in this book will try to educate you in any way, nor will it inspire greatness.
THE JUDD GOOBEY MISSION: If I can have just one booger picker wet his pants laughing or one dorkzilla spew milk out her nose, then and only then will my work by worth something.
THE JUDD GOOBEY APOLOGY: My work contains words and images that some may find offensive, so in advance, if you are offended, I would like to say I’m sorry . . . sorry we couldn’t get this to you sooner.
“Nerds in Love / Bed heads, big shorts and pocket protection / Black socks and sandals and stamp collections / Bonded by love of science fiction / Thighs that chafe because of friction / Stumbling and strolling both hand in hand / Stopped at a corner the couple does stand / They gaze at each other, then turn away quick / Like synchronized miners they go for a pick”
Judd Goobey, Less Artsy More Fartsy may now appear to be a strange book, given the guarantee, mission statement, and early apology, but it really is not strange. I would honestly say it is warped. Warped words will wrap around kids mid-section making them cackle, chortle, chuckle, giggle, guffaw, roar, snicker, and yuk. If not, they might be in stiches, die laughing, laugh their head off, roll in the aisle, or split a side. That is just the kind of poetry Judd Goobey writes.
Stinky Sid is a stinky kid
His feet smell like he stepped in squid
If you wonder what’s inside his nose
Just check his finger and his clothes
His undies are nasty all crusty and torn
His teeth look like old candy corn
He grows big mushrooms between his toes
Just hold your breath and hold your nose
Conceived last September by the father-daughter team of M. Thompson and Paige Lane, Judd Goobey, Less Artsy More Fartsy was unleashed onto the reading public this past October. The brightly colored paperback is divided into three levels of poems: Gross, Grosser, and Grossest. The Stinky Sid poem is a level three poem: grossest. Of course, what one thinks is gross and one does not is subjective. Still, I think it is a safe bet that young boys will enjoy Judd Goobey much more than young girls. It might even be safe to say that young boys will love these poems while sharing them with (all due respect) their not-young dad. Sure, some girls will like these poems.
None of the poems are horrible or offensive. Told in the language of the adolescent boy, the poems call out to the basic boy and his way of thinking when in middle school. Reading Judd Goobey, Less Artsy More Fartsy is sort of like having cooties, which is why I think most girls will not openly enjoy these poems. Girls will let boys know the poems are gross, and so are the boys for reading them. This might please the author, as I think he made poems young boys would like, but tends to offend a typical young girl’s sensibilities. The intended reader is age 5 to 12, but I think the younger kids will not be ready for many of these poems, which are best suited for age 8 to 12. Age 7 might understand the poetry, but I would not let anyone younger read this.
There is a need for more books for boys. Middle grade boys tend to read, but as they grow into teens, books tend to stay on the shelf. Judd Goobey will have boys reading, always a good thing, and they will be reading poetry. The more boys read, the more likely they will continue into their teen and adult years. Judd Goobey is well suited to reluctant readers age 8 to 13. He will go through this book looking for the best poems, like a poem that expresses his surroundings.
My friend Al, my closest pal
Just taught me a real fun game
It you’re in the snow and you gotta go
You should always write your name
Now that might be fine for Al this time
But it made me stop and think
My name is Sylvester Fitzgerald McFarland
And I need some more to drink
Snow Day, so appropriate for kids this past week, is a level two poem: grosser. Most of the poems involve some type of body function, hence the young adolescent reference. Does it matter if the poem is about farting, peeing, pooing, or playing with boogers, if it gets these boys to read? Today they read Judd Goobey; tomorrow they read e.e. cummings. I don’t think any of these poems are horribly wrong for kids to read. Subjects include golfing (Golfing Stinks), little sisters (Sister Suzy), nerds (Nerds in Love), and, one of my favorites, the toilet (Hungry Potty).
The illustrations try to play out the poems, and work most of the time. The exaggerated images have large bodies, oddball angles, and crazy expressions. They are part of the gross, grosser, grossest theme and kids will like them. Again, there are no offensive or derogatory images. I would call the entire book exaggerated oddball for kids. In her pitch for a review, the illustrator said, “Many poetry books promise cutesy, eloquent wit and charm. This is not one of those books.” That you can trust.
Find out more about Judd Goobey, Less Artsy More Fartsy HERE.
JUDD GOOBEY, LESS ARTSY MORE FARTSY. Text copyright © 2013 by M.Thompson Lane. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Paige Lane. Reproduce by permission of the illustrator, Paige Lane, Ohio.
SMALL FRY SAFARI – ENTRY 7 something unsightly in the title (“Goobey” goober? and “Fartsy”)
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