There was a time when my daughter was absolutely disgusted by burps, and if her younger brother should happen to bless us with one, she would make the biggest fuss about it, screaming and freaking out like only a little kid can. We tried to reason with her, explaining that these things happen, and if you don’t like it, just try to ignore it. It never worked. Then we saw this book in the Scholastic catalogue that came home from kindergarten: Penelope and the Humongous Burp, by Sheri Radford with illustrations by Christine Tripp. We ordered it, thinking this might be just the ticket for helping Riley get over her humongous distaste for burps. Well folks, it backfired. I made the mistake of providing realistic sound effects in the story, a talent I developed as a kid myself. Now, not a day goes by when she doesn’t ask me to read the book to her – several times. She can’t get enough. Luckily for me, it really is quite an entertaining book – Penelope drinks too much soda pop, then lets out a series of property-damaging burps of escalating intensity, culminating in such a humongous burp that she basically blows up the house. And there is a message, simple yet important: If you burp, say “excuse me”.