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Fartisteby Kathleen Krull
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andlt;bandgt;andlt;bigandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Across the world there are many an artiste - andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; But none so outrageous as Joe, the Fartiste. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;/bigandgt;andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The Fartiste doesn't sing, he doesn't dance, and he doesn't act. But that doesn't stop him from taking the stage at Paris's famed Moulin Rouge, where he performs his much-loved act for celebrities and royalty with the funniest talent of all - Joe is the man who has perfected the art of the fart. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer bring new wind to their mostly true story about "the man who made his pants dance," which is perfectly matched with Boris Kulikov's explosive art.
"True story: a boy discovers he has an unusual command over the muscles in his intestines. With lots of practice and ambition, Joseph Pujol becomes the Fartiste, the fin-de-sicle sensation of the legendary Moulin Rouge. 'A bit of Beethoven, a song by Mozart,' write Krull (the Lives of... series) and Brewer (You Must Be Joking!) in their rhyming quatrains, 'A Debussy ditty — all through a fart.' (Respectful of their audience's curiosity, the authors also note, 'his flatulent actions completely lacked smell.') Clearly tickled by the subject matter, Kulikov (The Castle on Hester Street) employs a brassy palette and broad, earthy expressions reminiscent of vintage theatrical posters; he captures both Pujol's consummate showmanship and the joie de vivre of the gas-lit (no pun intended) bohemian world that embraced him. As for the famous flatulence, even the politest company will find its visual interpretation apropos: Kulikov draws each breaking of wind as a cross between a Botticelli-esque cloud and a comic-strip text balloon. The don't-miss afterword discloses that Pujol's actual stage name was Le Petomane (the Fartomaniac) and that his fans included — mais oui! — Sigmund Freud. Ages 4 — 8. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Inspired by the true story of Joseph Pujol, a 19th-century fartiste who became the toast of the Moulin Rogue in Paris, this picture book introduces young readers to an unusual art form. Full color.
Across the world there are many an artiste -
But none so outrageous as Joe, the Fartiste.
The Fartiste doesn't sing, he doesn't dance, and he doesn't act. But that doesn't stop him from taking the stage at Paris's famed Moulin Rouge, where he performs his much-loved act for celebrities and royalty with the funniest talent of all - Joe is the man who has perfected the art of the fart.
Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer bring new wind to their mostly true story about "the man who made his pants dance," which is perfectly matched with Boris Kulikov's explosive art.
About the Author
Kathleen Krull is the author of the new six-book Women Who Broke the Rules series of chapter books as well as andlt;iandgt;A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhullandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought)andlt;/iandgt;; and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at KathleenKrull.com.andlt;Bandgt;Boris Kulikov,andlt;/Bandgt; a former set and costume designer in St. Petersburg, Russia, was chosen as a Flying Start by andlt;Iandgt;Publishers Weekly.andlt;/Iandgt; He has also illustrated andlt;Iandgt;Morris the Artistandlt;/Iandgt; by Lore Segal, andlt;Iandgt;The Perfect Friendandlt;/Iandgt; by Yelena Romanova, and andlt;Iandgt;Carnival of Animalsandlt;/Iandgt; by John Lithgow. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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