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Your Mind Makes Thoughts Like Your Butt Makes Farts

Illustrated by Phil McAndrew
Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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A funny, gross book about mindfulness for kids.

Sometimes we have nightmares or fears, and anxieties can sneak into our day. 
And when you’re a kid, you don’t understand these thoughts or what they’re trying to say.
But this book will teach you how to make friends with your mind—
instead of fearing what’s inside. 

Your Mind Makes Thoughts Like Your Butt Makes Farts is unlike any other book about mindfulness for kids. With gross-out humor and hilariously disgusting illustrations, it will help kids understand that they don’t have to listen to everything their mind says—and realize that thoughts (like gas) will pass.

Todd Strauss-Schulson is an award-winning writer/director. His films include A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas; The Final Girls, which premiered at SXSW and has amassed cult status, counting Stephen King, Sam Raimi, and Quentin Tarantino as vocal fans; Isn’t It Romantic, starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra; and most recently, Silent Retreat, starring Isabella Rossellini, a silent comedy set at a meditation retreat.

Todd has been meditating for over a decade and has sat numerous silent retreats with many of the most notable Buddhist teachers in the United States. In fact, this book came to him while he was on one.

His last book, Scrawl, which he wrote with his mother and sister as a tribute to his late father, was published by Rizzoli in 2019.

Phil McAndrew is an award-winning illustrator, a cartoonist, and a writer. He is the author and illustrator of Crying in Front of Your Dog and Other Stories (Uncivilized Books, 2013). He also illustrated the Caveboy Dave series of graphic novels written by Aaron Reynolds (Viking Books, 2016 and 2018) and Monster Science by Helaine Becker (Kids Can Press, 2016). Phil has contributed comics and humor to The New Yorker, MAD Magazine, Popular, AWRY, The Nib, and many other publications. Phil lives in the Buffalo, New York, area and he currently teaches part-time in the illustration program at Syracuse University. He enjoys digging around in his garden and playing drums in bands with his friends.