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THE TRUTH ABOUT POOP by Susan E. Goodman


by Susan E. Goodman & illustrated by Elwood H. Smith

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-670-03674-9
Publisher: Viking

Declaring that “it’s time take poop out of the closet,” Goodman plops factual pellets from human and natural history alike into topical chapters covering dung’s nature; production; varieties; uses in love, war, and, yes, sports; the development of flushing toilets (pointedly scrubbing the myth that Thomas Crapper was solely responsible); toilet paper; and urban waste reclamation. Smith takes on the subject with appropriate lack of gravity, adding lots of small, pop-eyed animals and people amid flushes of comic-strip dingbats. The author brings up the rear with recommended paper and web resources. A steaming pile of fun, redolent of wide-ranging research but most suited to recreational dipping, and a fine lead-in to Masoff’s monumental Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty, illustrated by Terry Sirrell (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)