We get some weird stuff at BookPage. Recent books about head lice come to mind. And DVDs. And plush toys. But I think today’s delivery from “Fierce Fun Toys” might take the cake (sensitive readers: you might want to turn away): Norman PhartEphant! This children’s book by Angela Larson is about an African elephant who is adopted by a U.S. zoo. The change in diet apparently throws him for a loop, and—you guessed it—flatulence ensues. Here’s a line from the story:
With Alfrebit’s great ears,
he must hear me fart. But,
if he misses the sound,
he can catch the stink.
Best of all (worst of all?), the book comes with a Norman plush toy complete with a tail that you can squeeze for sound effects. Norman has been sitting on my desk all morning, and passersby have practically worn out the battery.
What do you think. . . genius product development or crackpot idea?