Raymond Bean is a dad, a teacher, and the Amazon best-selling author of the Sweet Farts Series. His books have ranked #1 in Children's Humor, Humorous Series, and Fantasy and Adventure.
We all want our children to learn to love reading. We may have the best intentions and provide them with plenty of support, encouragement, and content, yet, many parents find their young readers are still reluctant. They view reading as a chore, an assignment, work to be completed. Reluctant readers will gladly watch hours of tv and play video games until the cows come home, but then insist on reading the minimum amount of time required by the teacher each night and often complain about it. I wrote the Sweet Farts Series for kids who claim they don’t like reading.
I get it. The Sweet Farts series isn’t a fit for everyone, but according to numerous teachers and parents, it has done wonders for loads of reluctant readers around the world, and it might be just the thing to get your reluctant reader reading.
Obviously, Sweet Farts is about human gas, but it’s also about bullying, Benjamin Franklin, the scientific method, and making the best of a bad situation.
It’s no secret that kids find human gas funny. And let’s face it, there’s not much worse in the elementary classroom culture than taking the blame for someone else’s gas. When I wrote the Sweet Farts series I wanted to build a fun, silly series around this universal truth. I imagined a story about a fourth grader named Keith who suffers this timelessly unfortunate fate. Things only get worse for him when the kids at school give him the nickname S.B.D (Silent But Deadly).
He’s teased, bullied, and falsely accused. Rather than accept such an injustice, Keith decides to take the lemons life has given him and make lemonade. So when the annual science fair projects are due, Keith submits a proposal that no one expects.
Keith’s hypothesis: I think I can create something that people can eat that will make their gas smell good. The idea lands him in the principal’s office and sets in motion events that propel Keith to scientific greatness. The second and third books in the series follow Keith as he learns to manage his new found celebrity, wealth, and position as great, young scientist.
In a world where 9-year-olds are drawn in by video games saturated with vivid violent imagery intended for mature audiences, and popular songs contain lyrics that would make our grandfather’s blush, perhaps a little silly humor is just what you and your reluctant young reader are looking for.