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Grossology Paperback – September 16, 2002

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This book dives face first into vats of everything you're not supposed to talk about, with sections entitled Barf, Boogers, Poop, Pee, B.O. and so forth. The illustrations are disgusting and unattractive, the text is filled with disturbing but entirely true passages such as "Snot is one part of your daily diet that you never think about.... Yup, you swallow about a quart of it each day. Just think: you swallow more snot that you drink milk", and lists of how to say various forbidden words in many languages.

All in all, tasteless, disgusting, and bound to offend many people--but what would you expect of a book in a puke-green plastic covered cover entitled Grossology. And, quite honestly, everything it discusses is happening in and on your body right now. Sorry, but it's all true. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sylvia Branzei lives in Garberville, California.

Jack Keely (Los Angeles, CA) grew up in Binghamton, New York, where his interest in illustration and art began at a young age. He spent much of his childhood drawing from comic books and inventing his own characters. He credits his parents for encouraging and cultivating his skills and talents. Jack went on to obtain his B.S.A. in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and his M.F.A. in design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. To share his knowledge of these areas with others, Jack taught at North Carolina State University's School of Design and Ohio University. He also worked as an advertising art director for six years. In 1994, he moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on freelance illustration. In addition to illustrating more than 20 popular children's books, Jack has been commissioned to create artwork for magazine articles, book covers, greeting cards, and shopping bags. His cartoon characters have been translated into plush toys, plastic figures, puppets, and rubber stamps.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Grossology
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Price Stern Sloan (September 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843149140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843149142
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is very fun and educational too! It has topics about farts, toe cheese, sneezing and other gross stuff. I learned alot from this book. For example when I wanted to stop a sneeze, I used to hold my nose. Then I learned how bad that was for you. Now I put my finger under my nose to stop a sneeze. I absolutly loved this book! You should buy it! It is a great book for anyone who likes gross stuff. Now, I'm a girl and not very interested in gross stuff, but this book is a exeption!
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I bought this book along with the companion "Grossology and You". I didn't have to remind my 10-year-old son to do his nightly reading for weeks! The subjects are all things that boys find oddly entertaining, ie., snot, fatulence, diarrhea, etc. Each article has the facts of how and why these natural processes occur along with more "colorful" excerpts (ie., the diarrhea song) that kids love. This is a great way to entice young boys to get interested in biology and reading. After my son finished reading the book, he pointed out the others in the series and asked if I would get them as well.
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By A Customer on May 29, 2003
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Book was very funny and gross. My 10 year old nephew loved it. Read it out loud to his mom and me. Fun topics like blisters, boogers and farts.
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How can a 10-year-old NOT read the pages on boogers or poop? Meanwhile, the writing is clear and the essays even teach you a bit of science. Fun book, highly recommended.
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My 4th grader is nuts about this book, as it has an impressive array of information on his favorite subjects: Barf, boogers, farts, body odor, burping, ear wax, bad breath and the other bodily functions that boys can't seem to get enough of. This gives them a chance to learn the science behind these, while they laugh hysterically at the illustrrations and comments. He really did learn alot and sounds like a junior medical student accurately explaing why he just made that tooting sound.
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This book is every bit as gross as it promises, right down to the fake vomit packaged with it. This alone makes it an absolute dream volume for boys. Don't tell them they might actually learn some interesting biology and health information; simply enjoy the fact that you have earned major cool points as adult gift-givers go! They'd never believe science can be so fun, and their sisters will no doubt enjoy it just as much.
Each section deals with basic science about all those aspects of being human that are not to be discussed in polite society. The author puts the information in plain language, sometimes in ways that are delightfully direct--that is, if you are a kid! Other interesting tidbits are added into the mix, making this a guide to bodily function trivia.
If you have the sensibilities that your mother tried to instill in you, you may wish to avoid this book. If she tried, but didn't have any luck--well, you'll be sneaking a look at this book after the kids have gone to bed. Truly imaginative, in a gross sort of way!
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This book is billed as a children's book, but adults will find it just as riveting. A recent Washington Post article about a museum exhibit based on the book tells the story of two women in their seventies, playing with the Grossology exhibit's ... um ... fart machine, giggling and having as much fun as any fifth grader. The book is equally entertaining. Divided into three sections: "slimy, mushy, oozy gross things," "crusty, scaly gross things," and "stinky, smelly gross things," it's a treasure trove of information you always wondered about, but were confounded when it came to whom to ask and for godsakes when. Explanations about all the various biological happenings are both scientific and breezy, always understandable. The down-to-earth language and accompanying cartoony pictures keep the text rollicking. A great purchase, as long as you don't have a weak stomach (although those with weak stomachs could find some fascinating explanations of their symptoms).
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This is a great book. It uses all the correct terms, shows the child how to say the word, and presents the facts in a fun and easy way for children to understand, not to mention a few giggles to boot!
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