Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Truth About Poop (review)

Susan E. Goodman. The Truth About Poop. Illus. Elwood H. Smith. New York: Viking Books, 2004. 40pp. Grades 3rd-6th.

Don’t shy away from this information packed book just because of the title. In our current world of reluctant readers we need all the enticing books for boys we can find. I see young boys between the ages of eight and ten clamoring for this book in hopes of finding their next bathroom joke. Once they delve inside this book their heads will be absorbing all kinds of poop trivia known to present day man. Michelangelo bathed his statues in donkey poop to give them an aged patina. Many cultures have rubbed poop on their face to get rid of freckles. The first public bathrooms in European cities were outhouses located on bridges. The book contains cleverly organized chapters featuring animal droppings, the elimination process, and the uses for poop. An afterword contains further readings for adults and children plus a website called (Puts a new spin on seeing "the plummer" in Bloglines!) The illustrations enhance the fun. They contain poop that sometimes looks more like chocolate chip cookies than cow patties. Again, you needn’t be afraid of owning this book. You may just inspire the world’s next Nobel scientist who transforms poop into a clean source of alternative fuel.

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