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I saw the one terrible review and had to write a counterpoint. This is the second book in the series, the first being Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants. The illustrator is Korky Paul, who is probably best known for his Winnie the Witch work so the artwork is very good and very much in his style. We bought it for our 5 year old and he loves it, as does his 2 year old sister. Most 5 year olds that I know think bodily functions are the greatest laugh on earth, so this book speaks to them on that level. The rhyming is good and flows nicely and there is a clear moral message. The protagonist, Sir Scallywag, is only six years old and the wisest and best of all the knights in this land. It is far fetched, but the fact that a six year old kid saves the kingdom (again) is also an attraction. Both the author and the illustrator are British, so maybe this humour rubs the wrong way on some people, but my kids love it.
This book is nothing short of disgusting, both to read and to see. The basic story is that a king has a machine that makes candy, and he and all his knights eat candy all day and grow fat and lazy. When the kingdom is attacked by a neighboring kingdom, their resident knight rebuilds the machine to spit out dragon poo. They feed their dragon all this stuff, and the dragon diarrhea is then blown through the air at the invaders. Yes, that means we see illustrations of flying sh*t blowing and landing everywhere. The truly insane part is this was published by one of the biggest publishers out there, who for some reason said that flying sh*t was a perfectly hilarious thing to print in a children's book. Is this how far we've come in publishing? This book is about diarrhea! I'm surprised they didn't include scratch and sniff so the reader could get the full effect.
In the end, they repurpose the former sh*t machine into an exercise machine so everyone can get into better shape. But you strip away the "message" and you get a book about scatology.