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The Truth about Poop Hardcover – May 11, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670036749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670036745
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Step aside, Walter the Farting Dog. Science writer Goodman (Claws, Coats, and Camouflage) deserves a round of applause, and no raspberries, for demystifying a risky topic. With a winning combination of scientific curiosity and amusement, the intrepid author dives into her research. In a section titled "How Much?/How Often?," she gladly reveals the private matters of sloths, geese and bears. She finds that a skipper caterpillar "shoot[s] its poop... six feet" to misdirect predators, and that sharks hunt by scent (castaways should "poop in the life raft"). She chronicles human error and ingenuity in sewage disposal ("British plumber Thomas Crapper... certainly had the best name for the job" in creating the flush toilet, but was not its sole inventor), and she explores toilet paper substitutes from corncobs to a "cheap book of poetry" to "the frayed end of old anchor cables" aboard ships. In addition, she explains paleontologists' professional interest in "chunks of fossilized poop" called coprolites, suggests multiple uses for cow patties (kindling, Frisbees, bedding), discusses astronauts' euphemistic "maximum absorption garments" (aka diapers) and reveals military-strategic applications for "Dangerous Poop." While Goodman delivers the straight stuff about international and U.S. bathroom practices, demonstrating that scrupulous research can be fun, Smith (Raise the Roof!) creates vaudevillean cartoons that suggest their steamy subject but don't get too close. This scatological documentary could make a splash. Ages 7-up.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5–Chock-full of intriguing, gross, and bizarre facts about animal and human excrement, Goodman's free-range text discusses everything from Tyrannosaurus rex dung to the evolution of toilet paper. The three main sections outline animal elimination practices, the processes of human excretion and plumbing, and helpful uses for poop (e.g., for fertilizer or scientific research). While the quirky organization and lack of an index may not make this a useful resource for research, the subject matter will capture kids' attention and draw reluctant readers. Even though the cover illustration of an elephant on a chamber pot may make browsers think it is a potty-training book, the rest of Smith's retro cartoons in muted colors provide humor without being too gross. This is Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops (Kane/Miller, 1995) for the "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) set.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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More About the Author

To write my nonfiction books for kids, I have flown onto the polar icecap with the Air Force, shared a bathroom with a tarantula in the Amazon, and spent three days at a Monster Truck rally without ever buying fried dough. Which was the hardest? I'll let you guess.

My book All in Just One Cookie was an ALA Notable and On This Spot was a Washington Post Best Picture Book of its year. My newest books? 2012--See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House and It's a Dog's Life: How Man's Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World. 2013--How Do You Burp in Space?: And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know.

Besides writing for kids, I speak at conferences, schools, and libraries and teach writing for children at Lesley University's MFA program. Visit me at www.susangoodmanbooks.com.

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Very entertaining and informative.
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My just turned 6-year-old daughter had to have this book!
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When he's reading it just keeps him laughing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Latta on October 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
...it's a slam-dunk for this age group. My 12 year-old son, who generally considers himself "too old" for picture books, picked this one up and was immediately intrigued. It's got just the right blend of humor, straightforward information, and gee-whiz facts. (Did you know that the ancient Romans used pigeon poop to bleach their hair? Me neither!) The author does a fantastic job of explaining the science behind a topic that (like it or not) is of great interest to most kids. Not to mention a good many adults.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carol O. Hurst on May 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The title is self-explanatory, and don't sniff and turn away from this one. (Pardon the pun.) It makes for fascinating reading even for the most fastidious reader. Although her touch is light, and it's impossible to read the book without grinning, Susan never goes for the cheap shot. She chuckles without smirking. Chapter headings include: Useful Poop, History of the Toilet Parts 1 and 2, Dung Dispatch, and Poop Power. Having trouble getting third or fourth graders to read a book? Put this one on the table and see how long it takes before a group of kids (probably boys) are gathered around absorbing scientific information.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Truth About Poop is filled with just the right balance of factual
information and humor. It is listed as a book for ages 9 and up and,
while it no doubt would appeal to even younger readers (thanks to the
ageless zaniness of Elwood Smith's humorous illustrations), it will
definitely be a hit with older kids, right on up to full-blown adults
of any age.
The book is filled with oddball facts about animals and insects that
use poop as disguise, temperature control and sexual attraction. The
history of the modern toilet is covered (not with a terry cloth cover,
however) along with other inventive ways humans have found to dispose
of and use their solid bodily waste.
Many books of this ilk gravitate to gross jokes. However, Susan Goodman
and Elwood Smith have used a higher grade of humor and good taste to
create this wonderful book on a topic that is often avoided or merely
joked about.
A super pooper gift for anyone's bathroom.
The Truth About Poop is filled with just the right balance of factual
information and humor. It is listed as a book for ages 9 and up and,
while it no doubt would appeal to even younger readers (thanks to the
ageless zaniness of Elwood Smith's humorous illustrations), it will
definitely be a hit with older kids, right on up to full-blown adults
of any age.
The book is filled with oddball facts about animals and insects that
use poop as disguise, temperature control and sexual attraction. The
history of the modern toilet is covered (not with a terry cloth cover,
however) along with other inventive ways humans have found to dispose
of and use their solid bodily waste.
Many books of this ilk gravitate to gross jokes.
Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Cullen on October 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Goodman's witty prose raises the subject matter from the dregs of social life to a subject worthy for consideration. The book is funny and wry- and kids will beg to be read a page of it aloud as a reward system (works great in the classroom!) Chock full of mind-blowing facts, Goodman explores her subject from the cool to the gross to the downright bizarre. "There was life before toilet paper, and much of it wasn't pretty." The illustrations are an asset to the text, which is dense with fact but layered with enough levity and wonderment to appeal to the child scientist in all of us. A must-buy for all classrooms and libraries, and any home where parents speak frankly about how bodies work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on May 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Three cheers for this author for writing so humorously, informatively, and in a very, ah, down to earth fashion about the subject that most interests kids!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cady Hayden on September 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an educational read about pooping. It includes facts like, "A skipper caterpillar is just an inch and a half long, but it can Shoot It's Poop a distance of six feet" and other fun facts about many different animals. The book also discusses the history of the toilet, the abc's of elimination, and the many uses for poop. Cute character type illustrations. Funny facts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ASE on January 30, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"The Truth About Poop" & "Gee Whiz! It's all About Pee"

First I bought "The Truth About Poop" for my almost-six-year-old boy. He LOVES it. He wants me to read it to him all the time. I followed up the purchase with "Gee Whiz! It's all About Pee" and it's another hit!

Since my little guy is almost six, I'm doing most of the reading, for now, but there are parts of the book that he can can "help" me read. Those parts will get bigger as his reading improves. The text and pictures are great, and there's plenty of trivia that's news to me.

I think all boys (and many girls) this age have a fascination with bodily functions. My kid also has a love of learning, science and "how things work" (me and his mom were both like that as kids). There are plenty of poop/pee/fart books for this age range (and I now own several), but for the scientifically inquisitive child these are the best I've found. The other books on these subjects provided some entertainment and amusement, but these are the two that he keeps asking for again and again.
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