F.A.R.T. Families Against Rotten Teens #BookReview #mglit #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #childrensfiction #bookworm @simonkids #familiesagainstrottenteens

I received 2 copies from publisher so I donated one to the Little Free Library đź“š

Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:

When a young teen discovers a top-secret parenting manual, it’s kids versus grown-ups in this kooky, illustrated middle grade thriller with nonstop, seat-of-your-pants action that will delight fans of Jarrett Lerner and Stuart Gibbs.

When a tween boy [Codename: Furious Popcorn] picks up what he thinks is a cookbook and finds a diabolical parenting manual, his world turns upside down. The Ultimate Guide to Hacking Your Kids was written by an organization called F.A.R.T. (Families Against Rotten Teens), a secret society of grizzled parents whose origins date back to antiquity.

FP is determined to get to the bottom of this, but when he begins investigating F.A.R.T., the manual goes missing, his parents deny knowing anything about any kind of book, and—maybe strangest of all—kids at school start listening to their parents and teachers. What kid would ever do that?

F.A.R.T. proves to be more than just some gassy acronym and parental rules and regulations when FP and the Only Onlys, his best friends since preschool, discover F.A.R.T.’s grand plan: a brain modem that can turn kids into well-behaved zombies!

This wacky crew has no choice but to find out who’s behind the nefarious organization and save young people the world over from total F.A.R.T. domination!

About: F.A.R.T. Families Against Rotten Teens is a humorous children’s fiction written by Peter Bakalian and illustrated by Luke Lucas. It was recently published on 5/3/2022 by Aladdin, an imprint from Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 144 pages. The genres are children’s fiction, coming of age, and humorous stories. This book is intended for readers ages 9 to 13, grades 4 to 8. This is book 1 to a series called The F.A.R.T. Diaries. According to the publisher’s website, “Aladdin. Inspired by the dreams of our authors and readers. Powered by the passion of our editors. Aladdin publishes for a diverse community of readers with books that are enduring and culturally relevant. From picture books to chapter books to middle-grade, both fiction and nonfiction, we create books that provide readers with mirrors in which to see themselves and windows into understanding others.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading F.A.R.T. Families Against Rotten Teens on 5/31/2022 and finished it on 6/4/2022. I read this book at my toddler’s bedtime and she giggled every time she heard fart. This book was interactive. The narrator spoke to readers and asked readers questions and inputs. Readers will not know the real names of four friends in this story but just their code names. The illustrations were just okay as well as the book cover, not my favorite. I enjoyed the adventures where one clues leading to the next. I liked a list of words that describes fart as well as the list of songs from the fart singer. The unexplained activities were interesting. Popcorn was in a tough situation to convince his friends to something that he only saw once and then it disappeared on him. Same with that author he spoke to about the fart manual then when he brought his friend back to hear the story, the author was nowhere to be found.

This book followed Popcorn, told in the first person point of view, as he reached out to Crabapple, specializing in journalism, to ask her aid in finding a place for a meeting with The Only Onlys. The other two members were Apricot, has access to science books and Banana, specializing in computers. Popcorn had a big story to share to the group. He informed them all that he had accidentally found his parents’ secret parenting manual called F.A.R.T. disguised as a cookbook. Popcorn couldn’t bring the manual to the meeting to show the group because there were warnings that the manual could be exploded remotely. Popcorn’s parents owned a healthy food store but Popcorn has a ViewTube channel for reviewing junk foods. He’s been hiding his pop tarts in his underwear but his parents are a member of F.A.R.T. so they probably knew all of his secret hiding places. Popcorn said when he attempted to make a video to ask his viewers about F.A.R.T., not only his video wasn’t uploaded but also his channel was wiped out. He convinced the Only Onlys to help him investigate about this parenting manual’s existence and to expose it.

F.A.R.T was a fast paced read and filled with adventures. The friends don’t always agree and teamwork was rocky sometimes. They worked out their differences and figured out how to work together for the common goal. The ending left open with a member of their Only Onlys missing. I’m guessing in book 2 the friends will attempt to find their missing friend. I liked how Crabapple gave a summary twice in the story of what’s been going on to confirm that everyone understood the same thing. I don’t love how Popcorn eventually obtained another copy of the fart manual. It kind of put all of the Only Onlys hard work goes to waste. I have only read one or two books from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I’m thinking this book is somewhat in that category. My 10 year old loved Wimpy Kid series so I’m thinking maybe other 10 year olds will enjoy this book too. I just don’t love the story much to continue reading the series.

I rate it 4 stars!

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About the Author:

After starting as an intern at Walt Disney Studios, Peter Bakalian joined the production team for Rankin/Bass’s ThunderCats and later earned Emmy recognition for his writing on Curious George. He was also nominated along with Suzanne Collins for Best Animated Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America for the Fox musical special Santa, Baby! which he also produced. His work has also appeared on the BBC series Big & Small and Scholastic’s Clifford’s Puppy Days. F.A.R.T. is his first novel. He lives in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. (Photo provided by the publisher and Info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).

More Information About Simon Kids

Website: https://simonandschusterpublishing.com/aladdin| Instagram: www.instagram.com/simonkids | Twitter: www.twitter.com/simonkids

***Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

xoxo,

Jasmine

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