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Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun Hardcover – March 6, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Maple Tree Press (March 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894379640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894379649
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,882,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3-6–This lively title is for children who love stomach-flipping facts, most of which are connected to the human body. Whether describing the mites that live on dead skin or in the nose and around eyelashes or maggots that clean out pus, the information is presented in a witty manner that is sure to keep readers turning pages to discover more. Additional details are provided by cartoon characters named Scientist A and Scientist B. Puns and wordplays abound as the text reveals tidbits about dandruff (complete with a shiny black "Dandruff Landing Pad"), ear wax, tooth scum, and digestive difficulties that are unsuited for polite conversation. Chapter headings include "Sickening Skin," "Hideous Healing," "House of Wax (and Other Leaky, Oozy Things)," "What a Gas," and "V Is for Vomit." Szpirglas proves that gross facts are cool, and the book may just convince kids who think science is boring to take another look.–Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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Will have you laughing -- but also learning about human and animal biology. (Children's Digest 200409)

A cornucopia of genuine, if weird, information... demonstrates a real fascination with the natural world. (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 200405)

Nothing is too sacred... mucus, gas, parasites, slime, tears... each finds a place in this well-researched and documented text. (Sally Bender Brandon This Week 20040704)

Plentiful illustrations... subtle humor... each topic is succinctly and accurately covered. (Felissa R. Lashley Science Books and Films 20040715)

Lively title for children who love stomach-flipping facts... may just convince kids who think science is boring to take another look. (Kathryn Kosiorek School Library Journal 200411)

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Jeff Szpirglas' book GROSS UNIVERSE is subtitled YOUR GUIDE TO ALL DISGUSTING THINGS UNDER THE SUN. There's just a bit of hyperbole in that but GROSS UNIVERSE is a wonderfully entertaining and educational look at some foul but fascinating facts of life. Published in 2004 by Maple Tree Press, Szpirglas' book is intended for readers 9-12.

Within GROSS UNIVERSE'S 64 pages is the straight skinny on such yuck-inducing items as house dust mites, hairballs, cockroaches, leeches, maggots, boogers and nose-picking, slug slime, ear wax, teardrops and what's in 'em, eye crusties, bad breath and saliva, tapeworms, ticks, botflies, burps and farts, B.O., #1 and #2, vomiting and so on. Talk about a rogue's gallery of grossness!

All that info is - dare I say it? - sweetened by the LOL drawings that accompany the text. Educational, yes; Entertaining, definitely!

Though GROSS UNIVERSE is pitched for readers 9-12, I think readers of all ages will enjoy the book; it's a hoot! And parents might even find it useful when Junior walks up and asks "Daddy, where does poop come from?" or something similarly yucky. Recommended.
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By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2014
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This book is as described -Gross. It was one of the choices for summer reading project and because of the title- My son selected it. Well, after reading the first few pages, I had to go take a very long, very hot, and very soapy shower. It is full of information about our bodies and the world around us. Everything from tiny mites crawling all over our skin, to the crusty deposits around the eyes in the morning for which there is no scientific name, to (gulp) established guidelines for insect and fragments permitted in foods. This book is a fun and entertaining if not disgusting informational read. I purchased it form the used book division (great more germs, bacteria and mites on every pages) and it was in near new condition. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
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By Tambug1971 on August 9, 2014
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Cover fell off book when package arrived
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By BrokenLead on August 2, 2014
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good resource.
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