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The Fart that Changed the World



Paperback 368 pages
Scholastic 26-May-22
Mangan, Stephen, Mangan, Anita

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A high-energy, laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated adventure

story by much-loved actor Stephen Mangan and talented artist

Anita Mangan. 

‘Laugh-out-loud stuff’ Ray D’Arcy

It’s the most important day of the year for King Fabian as he

is hosting all the neighbouring rulers. Everything

simply must go perfectly.

King Fabian wakes up, stretches, and…


His wife’s fury is so huge that he panics and blames the butler,

who is carted off to the dungeons. Leaving behind a big problem:

Fabian isn’t really the brains behind the crown: it is the butler…

how will dithery Fabian manage to pull off this high-pressure

event alone? His small and smelly fart looks like it will kick

off a crisis…

Frank – a kitchen boy with a big imagination – is drafted in as

an emergency butler. As the banquet descends into a food fight

and processions catapult out of control, Frank finds himself in an

all-out farty farce. Can he save the day?

Wildly funny and endlessly surprising, this

is delightfully imaginative, surreal storytelling with a message

that small events can trigger big change, and children can be heroes!

Packed with pictures by Stephen Mangan’s sister

Anita Mangan.

Escape the Rooms is one of the most loved and bestselling

children’s debuts of 2021.


Stephen and Anita Mangan are comic dynamite.


Praise for Stephen and Anita’s books:

Escape the Rooms:

‘A brilliant, clever, kind of genius book’ Graham

Norton, Virgin Radio

‘Richly imagined and deeply heartfelt’ Hadley

Freeman, Guardian

‘Manages to feel both classic and modern at the same time’

Good Housekeeping

‘A beautiful and exciting adventure that ignites the imagination’

Edith Bowman


The Fart That Changed the World

‘A sure-fire way for kids to entertain themselves. What’s

more, it’s also excellent for reading aloud’ LoveReading4Kids

‘A high-energy, brilliantly imaginative and laugh-out-loud tale

that is guaranteed to blow away young readers’ Lancashire

Evening Post


The Unlikely Rise of Harry Sponge

“After the runaway success of joint debut novel, Escape

the Rooms, and the hilarious The Fart That Changed the World,

the dynamic duo return with an all-action, marvellously manic and

laugh-out-loud tale with a message that any child can be a hero”

Lancashire Evening Post

‘hilarious … A right royal romp’ First




Stephen Mangan is an author, script-writer and

actor with huge range across TV, radio, film and theatre. From

classic comedy such as Green Wing,

Episodes and I’m Alan Partridge

and acclaimed drama such as The Split,

Stephen also presents Portrait and Landscape

Artist of the Year and regularly appears on

stage, most recently as a highly praised Ebeneezer Scrooge in A

Christmas Carol. Stephen also voiced the

title role in Postman Pat: The Movie.

He has been a member of the judging panels for the Costa Book of

the Year prize and The Laugh-Out-Loud Awards (The Lollies). His children’s

books are the bestselling Escape the Rooms and

The Fart that Changed the World.

Stephen on writing for children (interview on ITV’s

Lorraine): “Every page has to grip them, make

them laugh, be interesting because they can drop it. There are

screens everywhere that they can pick up. That’s part of

the reason why I started writing books because I had such fun as

a kid reading books. I always had my head in a book. I wanted to

write books that were unputdownable for children, that were full

of adventure and crazy big characters and made them laugh.”

Anita Mangan is a celebrated graphic designer

and illustrator who has designed over 60 books including for Leon

Restaurants, Gizzi Erskine and Fearne Cotton. She illustrated the

best-selling Be a Unicorn series. Her first children’s

book was the bestselling Escape the Rooms.



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