Reviews

  • Hilarious writing for children and grownups

    Hilarious writing for children and grownups – Bean’s writing is pure fun, February 21, 2014
    With children visiting on school vacation and trying to find some fun reading for them to do (to be able to compete successfully against the iPad), I was looking for any sports-themed book for kids where the writing has spark – and with this book, I feel like I struck gold. I ordered Baseball: A Ticket To The Bigs (Kindle version) after looking at a preview and immediately realizing the writing and wit are of very high quality.My 11-year-old nephew started the book one evening, had to be practically forced to stop reading at bedtime, and didn’t put the book down the next day until he was finished. I heard him laugh out loud so many times, I decided to read the story myself. I started it last night, stayed up late reading, and just finished it this morning. It is what I call “rollicking fun”. I’d love to see a film made of this story.

    I recommend this book 1000%. This work is proof that one can write an outstanding thoroughly modern story without any swear words, sex, and violence, making it a reliable, healthy, fun read for any age kid. As mentioned in the title, this is an easy fun read for us adults, too. I see from the author’s profile that he is a parent and teacher – in fact, after looking at Raymond Bean’s profile (shown below from Raymond Bean’s author’s page), I am about to order some more books by Raymond Bean!

    Here is what his profile says:
    Raymond Bean is a dad, a teacher, and the Amazon best-selling author of the Sweet Farts and School Is A Nightmare series. His books have ranked #1 in Children’s Humor, Humorous Series, and Fantasy and Adventure. They often rank among Amazon’s top 100 books for children.
    Translations of his books are available in Germany, Italy and Korea. Editions for Brazil and Turkey are on their way. He writes for kids who claim they don’t like reading.

  • If Your #Kids Love Funny #Books You Definitely Need to Add Sweet Farts to Their Summer Reading List!

    Pretty Pink Momma blog review by Kimberly

    As a mother of three boys farts come up in conversation more than I would like to admit.  So I knew that when I heard of a book series that was titled “Sweet Farts”, I knew my boys would love it!  If anything the name alone would peak their interest!

    My oldest son is 8.5 and is completing third grade this year.  He loves to read about science and nature but is reluctant to read fiction.  The only fiction that he has read without hesitation are the Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  When I read that Sweet Farts was a mixture of science and humor I knew that this series was a perfect fit for him.

    The day we received the set my son was super excited!  He started reading right away – and instantly he was hooked.  Seeing as he had read all of the Captain Underpants and Wimpy Kid books it was great to see him excited about a new fiction title.  Soon after he started reading he was laughing and telling me some of his favorite parts in the book.  He thought that is was hilarious that the main character’s nickname was SBD!  He has all ready finished the first two books and is on the third book right now. There is no doubt in my mind that Sweet Farts was a home run for him!

    After hearing my oldest son rave about the series my seven year old is now starting to read the first book.  Which is perfect because SBD is my nickname for him, ha!  I’m sure that he will enjoy it just as much as his older brother did.

    I think that the Sweet Fart series is a definite must for your kids Summer reading list if they love humorous series.  It really works for those kids, like mine, that are considered reluctant readers.

  • Best Sellers World Blog Review

    Best Sellers World blog review by Teri Davis

    If you have already built a successful multi-million dollar company and you are still not even in high school, what are your goals from there?  How can you achieve beyond that?

    Keith Emerson is an inventor.   He found a way to make farts smell nice.  This invention created the company, Sweet Farts along with his friends, Anthony and Scott, and their advisor, Mr. Gonzales.    However, Anthony, a mathematical whiz has attitude to go with his brilliance.    He deduced the winning lottery numbers which instantly gave his family immense wealth and allowed the family a trip around the world.   With his return, besides having a multitude of experiences, he also brings attitude and a threat to the company leadership.

    Sweet Farts has an indoor baseball field and basketball court for the boys.    The money Keith has earned goes into  his college savings account.   His parents refuse to even use a penny of it.   With the three boys, Keith’s parents, and their science advisor, Sweet Farts has one additional member, Emma, Keith’s five-year-old sister.    Each one works on their own dream project and grow from their collaboration with each other.

    Mr. Gonzales has now challenged the members to be involved with the All World Science Challenge in New York City.   However, Sweet Farts will only have one project represented.   Whose project will it be?

    Added to this, Anthony wants to be the head of Sweet Farts.   After an attempted takeover, it is decided that whoever is the one to actually represent Sweet Farts at the Science Challenge will be the group leader.   Who will it be?

    Blown Away is about observing aspects of science that are successful and the importance of working together rather than attempting to outdo each other.   It also shows the value of brilliance regardless of age and learning to appreciate others’ gifts.

    There is a realistic aspect involving jealousy, competition, and respect for other people’s individuality, as well as just pushing someone else’s buttons.   The idea of stress vs. creativity is definitely a theme.

    The story is well-written and works as a standalone novel.    However, there would be more character continuity if the first two novels in this delightful series were read first.

    The intended audience for all the Sweet Farts books is for boys between the ages of 7 and 11.   This is an easy reading, high-interest, fast-paced chapter book that could also be used for struggling readers similar to the Wimpy Kids and the Captain Underpants series.

    Blown Away is a life lesson that is enjoyable for all ages.

  • Mom’s Own Words blog review

    Mom’s Own Words blog

    It had been a while since I read a book to Ryan, I was starting to think that he disliked reading so much that he didn’t even want me to read to him. When I heard about the Sweet Fart series, I had to check these books out. What seven year old boy doesn’t love fart humor? I was reading this book to both kids last night and they were in stitches. We are all enjoying it.

  • Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy blog review

    Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy blog

    We just finished the first book and started on the second this week.  Even though my older boys have reading levels probably higher than my own, I still read out loud every night.  I read  few chapters each night and everyone in the family enjoyed it.  If you’re like the main characters mom and don’t even like the word ‘Fart,’ maybe it won’t be for you.  There is a good amount of potty related humor but if you’re ok with that, I think this book is really for all ages.  My 4 year old listened and giggled along with the older two (8 & 9 years old).  And as a mom the book held many fabulous lessons from dealing with pressure at school to the amazing ability kids have to make a difference in our world.  It also covers basic scientific method in such a way that you don’t even realize you’re getting a bit of a science lesson as you go.  But over all its a fun, inspiring read.  It doesn’t have illustrations but with a decent sized font and manageable chapters I think its a reasonable read for a strong second or third grade reader without any problems.  Or, do what we did and read it together!!

  • Moscatomom Blog Review

    moscatomom blog

    My Tween is addicted to reading.  Literally.  When she got in trouble at school I took her phone away – which she promptly shrugged off.  I took her computer away – no response.  I took her iPod away.  Nothing.  I took her Kindle…. the child went from a 77 in Math to a 95. I’d say that’s a win.

    When I was asked about doing a review and giveaway for Sweet Farts – a new series by Raymond Bean – I asked the Tween who happily obliged.  I was after all, feeding her addiction even after than big glaring “C” on her report card.

    Someone has been farting up a storm at school and everyone thinks Keith Emerson is to blame. Unfortunately for Keith, it has earned him the nickname “S.B.D.” (silent but deadly). To make matters worse, Keith’s dad is a self-proclaimed “Fart Machine” who really stinks it up at home. With the science fair quickly approaching, Keith decides he has had enough. He comes up with a science fair project idea to turn the foul smell of human gas into something sweet smelling. The idea lands him in the principal’s office, and in big trouble with his mom. With the help of his little sister Emma, his dad, his crazy grandma, and Benjamin Franklin (great American scientist), Keith will attempt to make the greatest scientific discovery of all time, the cure for the common fart.

    Even my “girly girl” thought the Sweet Farts books were hysterical.   It did not take her long to read all three, and I even caught her sneaking the first one to school as apparently she was already lending it to her best friend Sarah.  She says they are not crude like the title lead me to believe and are instead funny and even somewhat educational.  “It has a bunch of Science in it, Mom.”  I’ll take her word for it.

    The Sweet Farts books have been huge sellers though – constantly landing on the Top 100 Childrens Books list at Amazon.  In fact Raymond Bean has recently produced versions for Germany and Korea with other countries in the works.  Honestly I think anything that gets children to fall in love with reading is a huge win in my book…. even if Sweetening Farts is the subject matter.

  • Blown Away: Sweet Farts #3 by Raymond Bean

    Reviewed by Teri Davis of bestsellersworld

    If you have already built a successful multi-million dollar company and you are still not even in high school, what are your goals from there? How can you achieve beyond that?

    Keith Emerson is an inventor. He found a way to make farts smell nice. This invention created the company, Sweet Farts along with his friends, Anthony and Scott, and their advisor, Mr. Gonzales. However, Anthony, a mathematical whiz has attitude to go with his brilliance. He deduced the winning lottery numbers which instantly gave his family immense wealth and allowed the family a trip around the world. With his return, besides having a multitude of experiences, he also brings attitude and a threat to the company leadership.

    Sweet Farts has an indoor baseball field and basketball court for the boys. The money Keith has earned goes into his college savings account. His parents refuse to even use a penny of it. With the three boys, Keith’s parents, and their science advisor, Sweet Farts has one additional member, Emma, Keith’s five-year-old sister. Each one works on their own dream project and grow from their collaboration with each other.

    Mr. Gonzales has now challenged the members to be involved with the All World Science Challenge in New York City. However, Sweet Farts will only have one project represented. Whose project will it be?

    Added to this, Anthony wants to be the head of Sweet Farts. After an attempted takeover, it is decided that whoever is the one to actually represent Sweet Farts at the Science Challenge will be the group leader. Who will it be?

    Blown Away is about observing aspects of science that are successful and the importance of working together rather than attempting to outdo each other. It also shows the value of brilliance regardless of age and learning to appreciate others’ gifts.

    There is a realistic aspect involving jealousy, competition, and respect for other people’s individuality, as well as just pushing someone else’s buttons. The idea of stress vs. creativity is definitely a theme.

    The story is well-written and works as a standalone novel. However, there would be more character continuity if the first two novels in this delightful series were read first.

    The intended audience for all the Sweet Farts books is for boys between the ages of 7 and 11. This is an easy reading, high-interest, fast-paced chapter book that could also be used for struggling readers similar to the Wimpy Kids and the Captain Underpants series.

    Blown Away is a life lesson that is enjoyable for all ages.

  • Omnivoracious: We Are Talking About This by Jon Foro

    From Omnivoracious

    Let’s talk about Sweet Farts. I’m guessing we’re mostly grownups here, but we are going to talk about the series of books called Sweet Farts. Sweet Farts by Raymond Bean.

    Like many of you (as I imagine you), Sweet Farts is not something I ever contemplated picking up. Aside from being 43 years old, I also never contemplated bringing it home to my five-year-old, since I thought only the worst could come from it, as parents–especially parents of boys–should instinctively know.

    I try to take several multi-day backpacking trips every summer, and last year my son started expressing interest in camping. I decided a light introduction was in order, so I took him to a “resort” in the Cascades–a compound of nine rustic cabins at the northern edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, all lacking electricity and the usual civilized amenities. The caretakers met us at the parking lot and drove us up the mountain on a deeply rutted eight-mile logging road, dropping us off with our packs and cooler at our tiny A-frame called Larkspur.

    And then it rained. Not your typical Pacific Northwest drizzle, but a socked-in-drops-the-size-of-hummingbirds mountain storm. We made a couple of easy forays into the forest and called it good, deciding to wait out the rain till morning, but in the morning, it was even worse. Suddenly I was looking at 24 hours in a 20×10 unelectified box with an easily bored pre-K jaguar. Edmond Dantès never had it so bad.

    In a move of total desperation, I reached for my Kindle, which I had brought in order to catch up with my unread pile of virtual New Yorkers. (By the way, that’s the biggest benefit of the Kindle that I have found: there’s no guilt in an invisible stack of unread magazines.) Incredibly, I had one bar of reception, and given the weather, maybe only one chance to get it right. It had to be something that would take some time to read aloud, while absolutely guaranteed to keep him entertained. Sweet Farts.

    I started reading, my son predictably doubled over at all of the expected places. But while I was reading, I learned something else about Sweet Farts: it’s actually about teaching scientific method. As it turns out, the protagonist–Keith–is a fourth-grade boy with a perception problem. That is, he’s mistakenly fingered as the perpetrator of several heinous gas attacks, and accordingly ostracized and dubbed “S.B.D.” by his classmates. Rather than play the victim, Keith takes the offensive, planning a series of experiments designed to eliminate the foulest odors of human gas. A quest to find the titular Sweet Farts.

    Still with me?

    Author Raymond Bean (a nom de plume) is a school teacher, so we may infer that he is an expert in the field. He takes the experiments seriously, and Keith’s hypothoses and test results are rigorously documented. By the end, the reader has a good sense of the process required to reach sound conclusions based on a series of testing and iteration.

    Also, there are lots of fart jokes, and my kid loved it. So Mr. Bean seems to be onto something where it comes to getting kids interested in reading. After the jump, take a look at his five tips to encourage young people to develop a lifelong love of words in the age of video games and infinite cable TV. And check out all three Sweet Farts books, as well as other titles by Raymond Bean.

  • “It’s like a movie or a great dream”

    My mom got this book for me and I simply said, “Huh, I bet it’s just one of
    those books that authors write for young kids to make it look funny.” But I was
    badly mistaken. This book is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Best of
    all it has my favorite trait, addicting. I was so excited when I was reading it
    I was really sad when it was finished. I wanted other people to have the
    enjoyable laughs that I had when reading this book. So I decided to come and
    share with all the people deciding this book. It’s a must get! In my opinion I
    would say for the ages 8-12 but it really just is for good laughs. Any age over
    8 will understand and have a good laughing when they’re reading. I read this
    book when I was 11 years old and I cracked up into pieces. This is the perfect
    book for kids trying to read a comedy. I personally do not like reading, yet, I
    read and was immediately captured! I was really glad to have read it. If you
    don’t like reading or if you do like reading this is the perfect book for you.

    You won’t even know you’re reading it’s like a movie or a great dream! My point
    is this book is so perfect and funny for reading that it’s not a book! Its
    better like a movie! Or a fairytale! Anyway, you gotta get this book. Don’t
    waist your time thinking, while you could be enjoying and laughing along with
    this outstanding book. Enjoy!!!

    Dalton – Amazon Reviewer

  • Great book for a young reader who likes a good laugh!

    GREAT KIDS BOOK! I bought this book for my nephew who is 12 and he loved it! I ended up reading some of the chapters with him and we were both cracking up. It was an easy read and really sparked his interest in reading for fun. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun book for young readers

    -Colorado Kid (Amazon Reviewer)