Chaucer’s Books will host an in-store reading and book signing with local children’s book author Mike Bender, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 at the bookstore, 3321 State St.

Bender’s latest title “The Most Serious Fart” was recently featured by actor Ryan Reynolds on his hit broadcast “Bedtime Stories with Ryan.”

“This book is a real gas,” said comedienne Amy Sedaris.

“The Most Serious Fart” is a seriously fun children’s illustrated picture book about not taking ourselves so seriously.

Meet Siegfried, a most serious fart who is sick and tired of farts being a laughing matter. When he sets out on a serious mission to change the fart as we know it, he ends up learning to embrace his fartness, and the fun and friendship that come with it.

The book includes more than 300 hidden butts from legendary “Highlights Hidden Pictures” illustrator Chuck Dillon.

Bender is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Awkward Family Photos.” He has written the Junior Library Guild selection “The Book About Nothing,” and “The End Is Just The Beginning,” inspired by his own healing journey from Lyme disease.

Bender lives in Santa Barbara with his family.