From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?Most children are curious about scabs, for many of them have a scab somewhere on their bodies for most of their childhood. This Japanese import explores that fascination and explains how and why scabs form. Children with orange skin discuss picking them, eating them ("YUCK!"), and wonder what they are made of. "Is it hardened blood?" Could it be the "poop of a sore?" There is no indication which words are spoken by what character. The crudely drawn art and the words are helter-skelter on the pages, giving a messy appearance. However, even though the pictures are unattractive, the diagrams are well labeled and easy to understand and the clear, conversational text explains the process very well.?Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 5^-8. The gang that produced Everyone Poops
(1993) turns its attention to scabs. As usual, rather horrific pictures (scribbled cartoons featuring orange faces) and an often inane text ("Maybe a scab is made of something like poop that comes out of a sore") is combined with decent information about what a scab is, what causes it to form, and the function it serves for the body. As with other books in this series of Japanese imports, the topic has plenty of kid appeal, and the very grossness of the presentation just adds to the allure. Buy where previous books are popular, if you can stand hearing the giggles coming from the stacks. Coming this spring, Breasts
. Ilene Cooper