Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable

This is a fascinating , factual, and humorous study of animal waste-er, poop, to be exact. Much can be learned by studying this natural but unmentionable phenomenon. “There are as many good stories about poop as there are kinds of animals…. Poop is probably the most useful stuff on the planet.” I enjoyed reading about the many uses of poop presented in this book. The drawings were very elementary, mostly to portray the humor of the subject, but I feel they could have used some more realistic artwork, or even pictures to illustrate their ideas. I’m sure students will “eat it up” (not exactly, but word for word), as a reading assignment. Well….,at least they will be fascinated!

Review by Leanna Griffiths, Crestview Elem. School Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable
Written by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Neal Layton
Candlewick Press
61 pages
Release Date: March 8, 2011 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780763641283 (paperback)

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