Hazel Nutt has written a picture book that (shock, horror) mentions reindeer poop! I think its going to be a marmite book – you are either going to love it or hate it. But, is it ever right to write about poop, boogers or farts in picture books?
Personally, I think that most children find farting, boogers and poop mentioned in books very funny and for a lot of them the mere mention has them in fits of giggles. My two year old daughter takes great pleasure in showing me her poops, boogers, earwax, you name it. At the moment whenever she farts, she shouts SAVS as thats what her Dad says when he lets rip, passes wind, farts – you get the drift!
I think that you can mention farts, boogers, poop in a tasteful way – we are great fans of David Chuka’s the Fartastic Adventures of Billy and Monster series and Xavier Finkley’s Benny’s Boogers.
But there are some people that think there is no place for poop (except in the loo) in kids books. I suppose its one of those “unmentionable” subjects – a taboo, even though we all do it, most of us everyday. The contents of some nappies is enough to knock you out cold, I’m sure most parents have experienced that, so why take offense at the mention of poop in a picture book.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but what I think is really important is what entertains the children and makes them laugh.
Maybe the mention of reindeer poop in a Christmas picture book is not entirely appropriate and it will never be a bestseller, as one of my review requestees nicely put it, but we had fun writing and illustrating it and our friends’ kids seem to enjoy it immensley.
What is your opinion of poops, boogers and farts in picture books?
(If you’d like take a look at our picture book that mentions reindeer poop – you can get a free review copy from: http://storycartel.com/books/401/secret-santa-squirrels-a-fun-rhyming-christmas-picture-book until 9th December, otherwise you can request a review copy from http://secretsantasquirrels.com/review-copy)