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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
The Misadventures of George and the Talking Butt: The Beginning by J. L. Frankel is as silly as it sounds. George is just your average 10-year-old boy who happens to have a talking butt. Unfortunately, George is the only one that can understand his butt, and if his butt gets excited or starts to talk loudly, to everyone else it sounds like a fart. George's butt gets him into all kinds of trouble, in school, in restaurants, and even with his friends and family. George's butt has a personality all of its own. He's not fond of roller coasters and bikes, but he loves ice cream and baths. George and his talking butt are just getting started.
The Misadventures of George and the Talking Butt will entertain many elementary school kids. Kids who enjoy Captain Underpants and the Wimpy Kid series will love this book. As a former children's librarian, I was always searching for books that reluctant readers would get excited about and this is one that I would have recommended. Sometimes all you want to do is read a funny story and laugh out loud. The black and white illustrations that appear throughout the book break up the chapters nicely, and George is recognizable with his piece of hair that sticks up in the back. J. L. Frankel has written this book with the help of his nine-year-old daughter, so the kid humor is spot on. Misadventures of George and the Talking Butt: The Beginning is one of those books that kids will recommend to each other.