Fart Quest: The Troll's Toe Cheese by Aaron Reynolds, illustrations by Cam Kendell
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Number of pages: 304
Publishing: September 20th, 2022
Source: Edelweiss +
Opening Line: "Knock! Knock! Knock! Try again Fart, Moxe tells me."
Fart Quest: The Troll's Toe Cheese is the fourth book in this Dungeons and Dragons inspired series, which somehow after really enjoying the first book, I seemed to miss reading the second and third. Sigh. From what I can gather, each book thus far has sent Fart, Pan, Moxie and TickTock on a challenge to collect items for The Great and Powerful Kevin, who then promises to reunite Pan with her mother. With its D&D adventuring and titles like The Barf of the Bedazzler, The Dragon's Dookie and The Troll's Toe Cheese, you can probably see the kid appeal. For me, I just happened to be looking for something humorous to read, that has exciting, descriptive action scenes. Plus, I just love Cam Kendell's illustrations, although the E-ARC didn't have all the finished drawings, it was really cool to see the early sketches of artwork yet to come. This time around I also took note more of the experience point markers that punctuate each chapter, each shows the unlocked achievements and earned experience points for various actions in the story. It felt kind of like a plot diagram, sequencing the events of the story. While it would've been helpful to have read the prior books for certain details, I still really enjoyed the story. Especially that Fart, Moxie and Pan were able to reconnect with their old masters and how they transformed from these seemingly bumbling apprentices in the first book, to skilled adventures, heroes capable of overcoming any foe.