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Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty Paperback – January 2, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1ST edition (January 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761107711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761107712
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Beginning with a warning that "this book is downright disgusting," Masoff presents a delightful compendium of facts about things that are gross, putrid, and stomach turning. Covering more than 50 topics from A to Z, she reveals the truth about some unsavory mysteries of the human body, such as acne, body lint, eye gunk, farts, halitosis, snot, and vomit. Odious creatures such as cockroaches, lice, maggots, rats, and slugs are also discussed. Other subjects include "Cannibals," "Gross Grub," "Mucky Medicine," and "Toilets." Ranging from a couple of paragraphs to several pages, the entries offer a great deal of information in a hilarious tongue-in-cheek manner. The author also provides pronunciations and definitions, historical perspectives, and advice on how to deal with each of her revolting topics. Amusing cartoons and well-chosen, black-and-white photographs with humorous captions support the text. A section of "X-Periments" (e.g., build an exploding pimple, mix a batch of make-believe mucus) makes an appropriate conclusion to the book. Guaranteed to improve the quality of the lunchtime chatter of all but the most squeamish, this delightful volume will be enjoyed by fans of grossness everywhere.-Cynde Marcengill, Horry County Memorial Library, Surfside Beach, SC

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"...this delightful volume will be enjoyed by fans of grossness everywhere." -- School Library Journal

"EWWW... For every kid who's ever wondered about burping, pus, slugs, vomit, and the like, we recommend Oh, Yuck! -- Working Mother

"Has a compendium of useful information for teenagers... sort of like Dr. Spock meets South Park." -- MetroKids

"This book is chock full of educational entries covering subjects from insects to bodily secretions." -- Family Life New York, NY

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These books are filled with fun and interesting information.
Donna Johannsen
They will think they are just reading about gross stuff, but you will know they are learning!!!
Jessica Pavey
I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my 11 yr. old boy.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Rusnak on December 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my kid, no I didn't, she's only 3, I b ought it for me and she can have it when she gets older. And I'm buying it for two of my friend's kids. I've always been fascinated with gross stuff like snot, pus, poop, gross foods, etc., and so are most kids. And by the way, my kid, and the two kids I'm buying this for, are girls. The facts are there, it's fun to read, and it might even get the kids to read more and practice good hygiene while they're at it (microscopic photos of worms and such may answer a few questions like "why do I have to wash my hands all the time?" Excellent.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Stern on December 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for my 12 year old son for Christmas. I have yet to wrap it because I am so interested in reading it! This is definitely a pretty disgusting book from a mom's point of view but I know my son will absolutely love it! Some of the illustrations are so gross they made me laugh out loud. There is a lot of scientific information hidden in this humorous encyclopedia. I have learned a lot already and I am only up to C. This book is a "must have" for any pre-teen or teenager, especially boys who are fascinated by disgusting things. I can't wait for another book by this author! Maybe social studies could be this humorous as well.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Dwyer on September 2, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book to try to stop my preschooler from using "potty-language" every time he speaks - I thought if I explained, in technical detail, that bodily functions and other stuff is just a natural occurance, maybe he would cut his bathroom humor down. Wrong. While the book is entertaining and has a lot of facts that I wasn't aware of, it makes light of all things gross. So we laughed as I read it (there is quite of bit of humor in it) and I realized that almost everyone (especially young boys!) are just fascinated with stuff that drives us Moms crazy! Would make a great gift book for a "tween" ager!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on July 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are reading this page, you already know that you want this book. It follows through on its promise to talk about disgusting things. It's even moderately educational in parts, so that your kids can learn why we have snot (among other things). Unlike, say, the Captain Underpants series, this is grossness that the entire family can enjoy.

It makes the perfect gift from a grown-up because the child's eyes will light up when s/he realizes that you are cool enough to give a kid a book about gross stuff. Plus, the kid on the cover is picking his nose. What else do you need?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is one of those things that you cringe as you read and feel your insides squirming...but it's just so funny and fun to read. The facts and irreverent tone of the book making learning about pus, snot, puke, and other bodily secretions a hoot to read about. Never though I would get a laugh out of reading about zits and dandruff before!

It's all good fun and meant to be that way. There's a lot of interesting recipes and experiments you can make...I'd avoid them though, reading the book is gross-out enough without taking a hands-on approach.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is such a great book. It has information on all "gross" topics. In it, there is everything from maggots to vomit. I think this book would be great for all 7-12 year olds. I especially like the "information boxes". The book has good illustrations also. Most of them are comical, but a few are scientific. Joy Masoff is a good writer that specializes in history books. Also, this would be a great find for a teacher or science teacher because all the things in this book is true science! There is nothing inapropriate in this book. The thing that I like about this book is that it is funny, yet educational at the same times. That is very difficult to find in a book now. The thing that I disliked most in this book is NOTHING! The bottom line is, THIS IS A MUST READ!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lewis E. Gilbert on September 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been reading bits and pieces of this book out loud at bedtime to my 9yo daughter for months. She got it for a present at Christmas last year (from her Aunt who was an elementary school teacher and expert on children's literature) and didn't pick it up right away. But once she started reading it, it has been an ongoing touchstone.

Some of it is quite gross and I must admit it turns my stomach at times, but it has a a lot of straight forward explanations of how our bodies work and how other things in the world that people her age (and older) are fascinated with.

Now as to why it is a bedtime favorite - that I don't really understand or spend much time thinking about. Except for the fact that despite the quality of this book I am simply going to have to find something new to read soon.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Hamilton on March 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my classroom bookshelf. I teach 7th grade science and my kids fight with each other to read it!
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