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Friday 1 February 2019

Review: The Clue is in the Poo (and other stuff too)

Did you know that some animals only poo once a week while others poo hundreds of times a day, or that some animals walk on tiptoes and others on flat feet, or that some birds' eggs are huge and some are not much bigger than your fingernail?

The Clue is in the Poo (and other stuff too) contains the perfect blend of practical tips, factual information, humorous tales and detailed illustrations. Readers will be laughing, thinking and wondering, all whilst learning about the science and art of identifying clues to animal behaviour and locations.

The book begins with 5 rules for the safety of budding 'nature detectives' and animals, a list of simple equipment, plus practical, clear, safety information. Readers then learn ways to identify which animals have passed by and how to begin tracking.

Author Andy Seed writes about the facts with a light touch, interspersing funny phrases and ideas, such that readers may not even realise just how much they are learning as they giggle their way through this book. The illustrations, by Claire Almon, achieve a clever mix of accurate depictions of animal droppings, footprints, eggs, nests, feathers and many other clues in soft, almost pastel shades, counterbalanced by cheeky animals that seem to be staring straight into the reader's eyes, all serving to enhance the facts and the fun.

Throughout the book there are quizzes for readers to test their newly acquired knowledge, but even these have little surprises within them that make readers laugh out loud. The blending of all these elements make this a book that children will love.

Title: The Clue is in the Poo (and other stuff too)
Author: Andy Seed
Illustrator: Claire Almon
Publisher: Quarto Group UK, $24.99
Publication Date: 7 January 2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781784935733
For ages: 5+
Type: Junior non-fiction