From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Davies offers a discussion of why animals defecate, how feces are made and what is in them, and where they can be found. While this may be more information than an average adult cares to know on the subject, the topic is sure to attract curious youngsters. The word "unmentionable" in the subtitle is a misnomer, because the vocabulary is extensive and includes such terms as "coprophage," which is a poop eater. Some words are not listed in the short glossary or index. Clever chapter titles such as "Sloppy or Ploppy" are sure to bring a smile to many faces. The stylized, primitive pen-and-ink cartoons are digitally colored in an earth-tone palette. Childlike lettering appears atop the illustrations, in dialogue balloons, upside down, and sideways with scratched out marks. The book concludes with "Poop Facts" from the biggest to the weirdest. For nonfiction readers who have difficulty finding something of interest to read, this book is sure to catch their attention.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Gr. 2-5. Children who have been introduced to the concept that everybody poops by the book of the same name can now do a text analysis of the topic in a volume that explores the stuff by color, usefulness, and size. Thankfully sticking mostly to animals, Davies begins with "a tour of poop" that illustrates the wide variety of feces. (Again, thankfully, this is done with illustrations, not photographs.) She then goes on to discuss how it's produced, what animals do with it (use it to identify other animals, track prey, consume it for nourishment), and what humans occasionally do with animal feces (build houses with it, use it for fuel). The very informative text uses humor but mostly plays it straight. The clever ink-and-watercolor cartoons go for big laughs, illustrating such things as why sheep release hard, dry pellets, while cows, well . . . don't. There are several pictures about animals eating their (and other animals') feces, but the picture with the baby elephant in his high chair--well, suffice it to say kids will love that one. Ilene Cooper
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