iPhone Fart Machines
Within the first week of buying an iPhone, I downloaded a free fart machine application as well as one that cost me a few bucks. It was so cool. I learned how to set my iphone to "Sneak Attack" so that I could play tricks on my buddies. I know what your thinking, "How old are you?" Believe me, I ask myself the same question from time to time. I don’t know why I’m attracted to gross things like that. I actually a pretty normal guy – really.
Why the Obsession with Gross Humor?
For the most part, boys of all ages are obsessed with gross humor. Perhaps there are some brain based chemical reactions that are going on, I don’t know. One thing is for certain though, most boys like things that are gross.
Old School Attitudes and Censorship
The year was 1999. To the dismay of an "old school" librarian I knew, the book "Parts" by Tedd Arnold was nominated for the Colorado Children’s Book Award contest. How dare we allow a book that mentioned boogers and other gross things! Not willing to allow such a disgrace, she would not allow that book in "her" library – censorship in its finiest form. Well, to her surprise, guess which book won the contest for that year? You guessed it, Parts. I never did find out how she addressed the issue after it won.
It hasn’t been until recently that gross books have been more accepted in schools. After 6 or 7 years in teaching, I finally decided not to hide and run from gross humor with kids. As I witnessed the profound impact gross books had on boys, I strived to help other adults realize the benifits. Books like Walter the Farting Dog and Dirty Berty brought great excitement to hundreds and hundreds of kids, especially struggling boy readers.
Using Gross Humor to Create A Positive Experience
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about being polite and having manors. At times, gross books can be used to talk about what is ok and what is not, how there is a time and place for certain things. Why surpress a natural born instinct in boys? Why not take advantage of their attraction to this uniques genre. In the end, it’s all about getting kids excited about books, reading, and school.
Popular Forms of Gross:
farting, burping, puking, boogers, poop, pee, gross bugs, guts,
A Question to Comment On:
What gross books do you know of that boys like?