Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts, book review


Title: Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts
by: John Townsend
illustrated by: David Antram
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

This hilarious, fact-packed joke book will have young readers laughing as they’re learning. It features dozens of gut-busting gags that children can share with their friends, themed around the gross and gruesome aspects of the human body, along with bite-sized information about the topics covered. Hold onto your sides and dive in!

Q: What does a brain do when it sees a friend across the street?
A: It has a quick brain wave!

Author, John Townsend, makes a statement at the beginning of ‘Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts’: Our body is totally, amazingly, incredibly, mind-bogglingly, astoundingly, BRILLIANT, and also revolting. After reading his book, I whole heartedly agree.

John has organised the ‘Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts’ book by body bits and pieces:

Body Secrets
Body Visitors
Gooey Innards
You Are What You Eat
Record Breakers
A Whiff Of Trouble
Foul, Cheesy And Breezy
Tales of the Heart
Hairy, Scary, Icky & Sticky
Yucky, Mucky & Unlucky
Warts and All
Skin and Bones
Did You Know…
Dead Bodies
Dead Gruesome Facts
Live Gruesome Stuff
Brainy Stuff
Sleepy Slumbers & Neurotic Nightmares

In each of these body bit and pieces ‘chapters’ are interesting facts before some jokes emerge. A churning of your stomach is almost guaranteed with each page turn. There are also limericks and Cheesy Doctor Sketches to keep you rolling your eyes and giggling.

And for those who love to test their knowledge, there’s a quiz at the back of the book, as well as an index. So if you want to look up snot (kids love these parts), you will find it is mentioned on three pages, and poo (the top kid magnet) is found on four pages.


Artist, David Antram, has created illustrations that will have children vocalising an ‘Eeeew!’ in some parts. The illustrations are totally suitable for the text and help create impact.

If your child is intrigued by the human body, and most of them are, I can assure you that John Townsend’s book, ‘Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts’ will make them groan or feel sick out loud. I would gift my children the book for entertainment value, just to watch them pull an assortment of different faces as they read.

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Title: Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts
by: John Townsend
illustrated by: David Antram
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520477
Category: children’s
Pages: 128


Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

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