I have to admit that I may not have normally picked up a book called Poop Fountain (Interest Level: Grades 3-6; not yet Lexiled), but since I met Tom Angleberger at the ALA Midwinter Conference, and he signed a copy of the book for me, I figured I would have to give it a try.
What I discovered in the first book of the Qwikpick Papers series is a very good story about normal kids in a normal town who try to have an adventure on Christmas Day. They aren't sure what they want to do until they heard an article in the town newspaper about new equipment at the wastewater treatment plant that would replace the old "sludge fountain." What in the world is a sludge fountain? Well, that is what the 3 members of the Qwikpick Adventure Society wanted to find out. So, they plan and head out on a "normal kid" adventure.
One thing I liked about this book was that it is totally realistic--an adventure that normal kids can (and possibly have) taken. The timeline works, the characters are believable, and the events really contained some stinky messes. The jokes were "solid"-ly kid-appropriate, as was the language. Readers of all ages will be delighted with this true-to-life adventure. (134 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.