Frederick Book Festival, May 18 ~ Featured Author Artie Bennett

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We are in the home stretch for the Frederick Book Festival – Saturday, May 18th from 9am to 6pm.  There over 40 featured authors, which I personally can’t wait to meet – Children’s books, Young Adult, Steampunk, Romance, Paranormal…. the list goes on.  There will be author panels, book signings, kids corner, book seller, food vendors.  ALL DAY FUN!!

And, IT’S FREE to the PUBLIC!

Event Location:
 E-ventplex the Home of the Great Frederick Fair
797 East Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21075
Event Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Event Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

If you’re busy on Saturday, stop by Barnes & Noble at the FSK Mall on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Some of our featured authors will be there for a signing.

Let me introduce you to some of the featured authors that will be there Saturday!


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Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!).

Artie, who would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose,” wrote The Butt Book, his first “mature” work, which published in 2010. The Butt Book was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. His “number two” picture book, fittingly, is entitled Poopendous!  What more fertile topic could there be but poop!

Poopendous! has earned a bumper crop of great reviews, including this one in the Huffington Post: “For anyone who loved The Butt Book, you must immediately go and buy Artie Bennett’s follow-up, Poopendous! It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational.” The Show Me Librarian has weighed in with: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.”

Artie was the youngest (at about age thirteen) person to originate and sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times. He went on to sell several dailies and two large Sunday puzzles to the Times before he began college. It’s been downhill ever since.

He and his wife, Leah, live deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his spare time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking.

He is pleased to share the visionary promise of The Butt Book and Poopendous! with a wider audience.

Visit . . . before someone else does!

Artie will be a featured children’s author and giving readings of both of his superfun picture books–Poopendous! and The Butt Book–at 11 am and 1 pm. And he’ll be signing from 2 to 4 pm. He looks forward to meeting you.


“Everyone poops—yes, it’s true—from aardvarks to the humped zebu.”

Artie Bennett, author of the award-winning and much-acclaimed The Butt Book, delivers the inside scoop on every type and use of poop in his “number two,” spanking-new picture book. In hilarious verses, with eye-popping illustrations, Poopendous! relates the many, often remarkable uses of poop throughout the world while paying homage to its prolific producers, from cats to bats to wombats! Virtuoso illustrator Mike Moran gives us a Noah’s Ark of animals doing their less-than-solemn doody. So pick up your pooper-scooper and come along for a riotously rib-tickling ride. You just may agree that poop is truly quite . . .  poopendous!

Visit . . . before someone else does!

A Smattering of Praise

*Nominated for a Cybils Award in the Non-Fiction Picture Book category

“For anyone who loved The Butt Book, you must immediately go and buy Artie Bennett’s follow-up, Poopendous! It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational. There aren’t many picture books that teach kids that “Monkeys fling when under stress. It helps the monkey decompress” and “Seeds inside a critter’s poop might go as far as Guadeloupe!” I’m not kidding when I say this came in handy at my son’s preschool last week.”            —The Huffington Post

Poopendous! is an awesome picture book. If you are looking for a really funny book, with great pictures, any kid will sit through, this is the book. Artie Bennett obviously knows what makes kids laugh and the former children’s librarian in me applauds him for his use of unique vocabulary and content that keeps kids engaged and talking.”          —Long Days, Short Years

“Guess what?!? We already have Poopendous!, and I have even been known to give spontaneous in-store readings. What a delightful, hilarious, informative, fascinating book.  Thank you for writing to us, and for writing such great books! Best of luck to you, and hip-poop-hooray!”    —Tegan Tigani, children’s book buyer for Queen Anne Books

“Bennett addresses this subject with a nimble rhyme: ‘Rabbit pellets, raccoon tubes, / Owl whitewash, and wombat cubes./ Camel poop is desert-dry. / Wet poop comes from birds on high.’ There are kernels of wisdom to be found in Poopendous!, but the main point is entertainment.”       —Publishers Weekly

“If Dr. Seuss decided to write about bodily functions, he probably would have come up with something as zany as Poopendous! Do you want your kids to be eager to read? I bet this book will help. Highly recommended!” Rating:      —Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

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The Butt Book Summary

Make way for the butt! Tall butts, small butts, flat butts, fat butts. Butts on mummies and butts on mommies. Butts on giraffes and elephants and dogs and . . . FISH? Yes, even fish butts are celebrated in this riotous tribute to backsides, rumps, tushies, keisters, heinies, and derrieres, in all their resplendently ridiculous glory.

Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s body books (The Foot Book, etc.)—and compared favorably with them!—The Butt Book, which  won the coveted Reuben Award for Book Illustration, pays homage to an unsung body part that keeps both kids and grown-ups giggling giddily with glee.     Bottoms up!

“An astounding tour de force!” —The Brooklyn Paper

“Hilarious!” —Midwest Book Review

The Butt Book is going to become the most-read thing in your house!”    —Tri-State Defender

“Clever rhymes and cute illustrations make this book so much fun to read. Humorous and informative—really a pure delight.”  — (children’s books’ website)

“If you’re looking for a way to lift your child’s spirits, The Butt Book is the perfect antidote to a foul mood. This book has easily become one of my personal favorites and I suggest it to anyone who enjoys a bit of silly humor now and then.”  —Children’s Book Nook

“As I flipped through the pages of The Butt Book, I just couldn’t stop myself from smiling! It absolutely brought out the child in me—and I can just imagine what joy it will bring to children when they have the opportunity to read and experience a book that’s filled with such whimsical, lighthearted language and charming illustrations. Your book is fun for fun’s sake . . . and that’s what reading should always be about.”  —Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz


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