Don’t Fart in the Pool by Ben Jackson & Sam Lawrence Review

illustrated by Tanya Zeinalova


Getting kids to pick up a book can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. Give them a book on a topic they will find hilarious and you will probably have a much better chance. And as much as a lot of parents won’t like it (or admit to liking it), kids love to fart so reading a book featuring it will certainly grab their attention.

Ben Jackson & Sam Lawrence have written a fun children’s book about a very windy subject and kindly sent me a copy of their Don’t Fart in the Pool – a children’s picture book about the dangers of farting in a swimming pool. I wasn’t aware that there were any dangers (I honestly had never given it much thought), but I am now and feel sorry for Stan and his troubles.

Don’t Fart in the Pool, written by Ben Jackson & Sam Lawrence, is a 24-page picture book for children featuring Stan, his taco eating record and his unfortunate swimming incident.

Stan is a boy who loves eating tacos and used to love swimming. One Taco Tuesday he managed to scoff down his personal best of homemade tacos and was very proud of himself. Wednesday was when the trouble started. Stan went swimming and the tacos had their revenge.

Stan, like most children, likes to create bubbles with his bottom when in the bath. He had honed his skill to perfection (or so he thought) that he was quite comfortable farting in the swimming pool. That was until the unfortunate taco fart incident that left him embarrassed and disliking swimming. That Wednesday, as Stan cannonballed into the pool, he could feel a fart sneaking up on him, but as a fart expert he let rip when in the pool. Not a big deal I hear you shout, we have probably all done it at some point. The problem for Stan was that after SEVEN tacos the previous evening his fart created much more than bubbles. His fart managed to clear the pool and he couldn’t deny responsibility as the brown water around him clearly identified the culprit.

If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, every time he entered a pool afterwards his parents would shout out, “Don’t fart in the pool, Stan” for everybody to hear, causing Stan a large amount of embarrassment.

So that is the danger of farting in a pool – never ever trust a fart! It could follow you around forever (especially if you have parents like Stan’s that shout out warnings all the time).

Overall, Don’t Fart in the Pool is a simple, funny and entertaining book (if not somewhat gross) that children will love. Whilst this book isn’t on the most pleasant of subjects, it is a subject that I guarantee most children (and many adult readers) will have a good belly-chuckle over. An excellent way of getting children to pick up and read a book. It even does a great job of building up the tension before it EXPLODES into action.

Don’t Fart in the Pool is a fun tale of caution – never take things for granted and NEVER fart in the pool! This simple story is definitely a guaranteed fun way to grab the attention of young readers.

Whilst the story is simple, yet imaginative and lots of fun, the illustrations that accompany the text (by Tanya Zeinalova) are absolutely brilliant. They are bold and bright and certainly let readers see the plight of Stan’s pool experience.

If you are looking for something fun to encourage a child’s reading, then Don’t Fart in the Pool by Ben Jackson & Sam Lawrence is a hilarious way to start – I can see grandparents far and wide reading this with their grandchildren (probably to the horror of the child’s parents). We have loved it in our house, adults and children alike!

If you love reading with/to your children and enjoying a giggle or three with them, then Don’t Fart in the Pool is perfect for your little fart enthusiasts!

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £8.99 (Paperback) / £1.99 (Kindle)

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this book for the purposes of writing a honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review uses an affiliate link which I may receive a small commission from if you purchase through the link.

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