In a unique feature, the book has three separate endings--three different outcomes for poor Bud--which range from the positive and uplifting to the decidedly macabre. Kids will scream and laugh and wince (it scores a 10 on the gross-out scale), while some parents may initially think the comic mayhem is too over-the-top--until they see their kids giggling and reading the book over and over.
And this is a very good thing, because behind the humor is a serious message. This is a stealth weapon to help combat childhood obesity, a tool to convince young people that aspiring to be a couch potato is no aspiration at all.
Bud the Spud was created to be read aloud, and has been field-tested with children of all ages, from elementary through middle school--though teens love the book too, even when they're pretending to be too cool for it!
Our Thoughts: Hilarity with a message. My kids loved this book!!! Yes, it had a gross out factor but the kids loved it. Me, I cringed when I overheard them reading it. YUK! My kids, they just laughed and laughed some more. I think the "Mommy Gross Out Factor" only made them wanna read the book more.
The book is full of big, bold, comical fonts and potato-esque browns and greens. I loved the color scheme of Bud the Spud as it was the perfect compliment to the story line. Illustrator "Java John" Goldacker did a wonderful job bringing Adam Byrn Tritt's story to life.
For more info:
- Check out author, Adam Tritt's website at http://adamtritt.com/ for more info on this fab read or his many other works.
- Bud the Spud is available in bookstores nationwide including Amazon online.
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