Despite the interest, the treatment is too limited to be useful.

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POOPENDOUS!

THE INSIDE SCOOP ON EVERY TYPE AND USE OF POOP!

We all poop—humans and animals—so readers are urged to be strong and come along for this silly scoop on a subject most nasty.

In breezy and breathless rhyming couplets, Professor Pip Poopdeck, the safari-outfitted tour guide, tosses out euphemisms and factoids galore. From aardvarks to zebus, from flies to hippos and from raccoons to rabbits, all animals excrete in large and small amounts. Sometimes it becomes food, as when dung beetles feast on termite mounds. Sometimes it’s manure for farmers’ crops. In Mongolia, yak poop insulates local homes. Moran’s cartoon-inspired computer-generated imagery sets the tone with bug-eyed animals and people and a layout that often resembles postcards in an album. Poop is no doubt a poopular subject, but the title is misleading. Pigeon droppings cause illness and damage urban environments, among many other excrement-related problems. There is no information on human excrement and its role in devastating cholera epidemics. Nor is there any note about E. coli bacteria, another current cause for concern. A more balanced presentation of information would better serve readers.

Despite the interest, the treatment is too limited to be useful. (Informational picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: April 24, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-60905-190-7

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Blue Apple

Review Posted Online: April 18, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2012

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THE WONKY DONKEY

The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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Everyone except die-hard Pig fans may skip this installment.

PIG THE TOURIST

From the Pig the Pug series

People who live in popular spots always complain when human tourists invade, but when the visitor is an unruly dog like Pig the pug, the situation gets even worse.

The big-eyed, ill-behaved pug runs roughshod over everyone: his owner, a brown-skinned woman who remains faceless; Trevor, his owner’s other dog, a big-eyed dachshund (every human and animal has large eyes in Blabey’s amusing illustrations); and all the other people, animals, works of art, and architectural marvels encountered in Pig’s world travels. Pig disrupts a Japanese geisha’s lunch; he angers some scantily clad Caribbean carnival dancers; he breaks the head off the Sphinx in Egypt; and he disturbs the queen’s tea and menaces her prize corgis, prompting the headline: “CHAOS AT THE PALACE: Queen shaken, not stirred.” (Young readers will likely be unmoved by this joke.) Yes, the rhyming text is occasionally clever and the pictures are full of action, but there is nothing original in this skewed presentation of a few of the world’s best-known, stereotypically presented tourist sites. Although Pig does get a well-deserved punishment for his rude behavior (piranhas attack when he least expects it), he still manages to get the last word when he stinks up first class with a very explicitly visual fart. The moral of the story? Leave Pig in the kennel when you travel.

Everyone except die-hard Pig fans may skip this installment. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: March 3, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-338-59339-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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