Sticky Reads

Some stories have heroic characters who always try to do the right thing. They rescue kittens, put out fires, stop bullies (nicely), and still have time eat a nutritional lunch, save the planet from a runaway comet, and raise a million dollars for charity.

None of these books are like that.

But even a literary pig sometimes needs a good chuckle while wallowing in his favorite mud puddle. So I found stories with gross-out plots, silly titles, and characters whose names cannot be spell-checked.

Yours with snorts,

S. Will Burr signature

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants
By Pilkey, Dav
Illustrator Pilkey, Dav

Professor Pippy P. Poopypants may be the greatest scientific genius the world has ever known. Unfortunately, he has such a silly name that nobody takes him seriously. Needless to say, George and Harold poo-poo Poopypants' pride—practically pulverizing it—and Poopypants is preparing to pounce. This looks like a job for Captain Underpants.

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger
By Bolger, Kevin
Illustrator Gilpin, Stephen

Publisher Comments
Sir Fartsalot is on a quest to defeat a villain most foul.

Things really stink in the Kingdom of Armpit. King Reginald the Not Very Realistic has had it up to here with his naughty son Prince Harry, who loosens the tops on all the Royal Pepper Shakers, teases the moat monster, and prefers magic tricks to rescuing fair damsels. Even Sir Bedwetter can’t rein in the princess Royal Clowning Around.

Enter Sir Fartsalot — the bravest, boldest, FARTIEST knight in all the land Sir Fartsalot is on a quest to solve the riddle of the Foul West Windaa: a green, ghastly odor that turns up wherever danger is lurking. Harry decides to play the biggesta and boogeriestaprank of all time. He convinces Sir Fartsalot that The Booger, a frightful, dreadful, repulsive villain, is on the prowl. Harry, Sir Fartsalot, and the knight’s old buddy Sir Knotaclew set out on a hilarious quest to rid the world of the Dreaded Booger, Once and for All.

Nate the Great and the Big Sniff
By Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman
Author Sharmat, Mitchell
Illustrator Weston, Martha

Nate, the great detective, depends on his dog, Sludge, to help him solve all of his cases. But Sludge can't help him this time — Sludge is lost! Lost inside a big department store on a rainy day. Nate frantically searches for his best friend and trusted helper. Salespeople have spotted a wet, slippery, sloppy dog running about. Is Sludge hiding from them? Nate looks high and low, and in places he'd rather not look at all. But every clue leads to a dead end... until Nate realizes that Sludge can help him with this case!

Smelly Locker: Silly Dilly School Songs
By Katz, Alan
Illustrator Catrow, David

Publisher Comments
The uproarious creators of "Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs" and" Are You Quite Polite? Silly Dilly Manners Songs" are at it again, this time causing a silly dilly ruckus all over school.

The snappy new lyrics to familiar songs touch on everything that goes on at school — from backbreaking backpacks and troublesome tests to antics in the lunchroom, at recess, and more. You might just need a hall pass to go out and laugh or giggle yourself silly when you sing along to these brand-new hits.

Snot Stew
By Wallace, Bill
Illustrator McCue, Lisa

Publisher Comments
It's not easy being a kitten. Don't get me wrong. I love being scratched behind the ears, chasing Butch the dog, and eating Mother's stew.

My brother Toby and I learned about "people things" when we were adopted by Sarah and Ben. The only problem with kid-people is the games they like to play, like "Dress the Cat"— and "Snot Stew."

It's not stew! But what is it? It's making a bully out of Toby and a wreck out of me!

The Worm Family
By Johnston, Tony
Illustrator Innerst, Stacy

Publisher Comments
The Worm family loves being wormy. They're skinny—they're squiggly—they're very long—and they sing loud worm songs. They're nothing like their glossy, bossy, buggy neighbors. And the neighbors don't like that one bit. What are the Worms to do? Jump back into their skinny car and hope to find nicer neighbors somewhere else? Or stay put—and show the world the Glory of Worm?

In a tale both warm and quirky, a family of merry, down-to-earth worms proves that being different is truly grand. They may not fit in, but they carry on, doing things they love with the family they love—and finally find some fuzzy-wuzzy neighbors who like them just as they are. Oh joy! They're Worms!

Eek & Ack Invaders from the Great Goo Galaxy
By Hoena, Blake A.
Illustrator Harpster, Steve

Eek and Ack, two alien brothers from another galaxy, spend the afternoon conquering Earth.