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Thursday 5 May 2022

Review: Poo, Spew And Other Gross Things Animas Do!

This book takes a deep dive into the world of not just poo, but also spew, snot and all the other gross things animals do to survive and thrive. Did you know that there are literally dozens of names for poo? That dogs snack on it and frogs live inside huge mounds of it? That some creatures sleep inside their own snot bubbles? That honey isn’t quite vomit even though it comes out of bee’s mouths? Or that sometimes, the silky white sand at the beach which you spread your towel out upon is actually the poo of the parrot fish?

Well, now you do. You’re welcome.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You might even throw up!

Do not, repeat not, read this book at mealtimes or if you’re even just a little peckish. You have been warned.

But seriously, this book is a very engaging and rather witty master class in poo. From being a poo detective, to the general world of poo including who-what-when-where-how and why, to meeting poo scientists and experts from all walks of life, this text covers all manner of content that is indeed gross, stinky and very, very interesting.

The book looks quite beautiful for something so disgusting. It’s very well credentialed and is laid out perfectly – almost magazine style – in bite-sized chunks with plenty of colour and a welcome variety of information. Interesting photographs and delightful artworks accompany the terrifying text to heighten the interest and embellish some of the more descriptive passages. Pun intended.

A valuable and very funny resource book complete with a Grossary of terms, it will definitely be a hit wherever it appears on a bookshelf. And don’t forget to test your poo IQ with the Most Disgusting Quiz online at CSIRO’s website.

Title: Poo, Spew And Other Gross Things Animals Do!
Author: Nic Gill, Romane Cristescu
Illustrator: Rachel Tribout
Publisher: CSIRO $29.99
Publication Date: April 2022
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781486314867
For ages: 8 - 12
Type: Junior Non-Fiction