The Scoop on Poop

Lifting the Lid on the science of Poo and Pee

by Richard Platt, illustrated by John Kelly

Kingfisher

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Every grownup knows that there is one universal topic that fascinates children without exception: poop and pee. But what they may not know is that throughout history, the products of our bladder and bowels have helped us to build houses, wash and dye our clothes, fertilize crops, treat illnesses, solve crimes, control pollution, and create fuel, energy, and explosives. With just the right amount of humor, this book uncovers the fascinating stories behind mankind's ingenious use of this most natural of resources, and young readers will love pouring over the droll illustrations and endearing characters that populate the pages. From wizards using 'magical urine', to soldiers fighting with exploding piles of dung, pee-wielding beauty therapists, and much, much more--this book uncovers the history and the science behind the one topic that unites us, young and old.

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School Library Association Information Book Award
All of us teachers and librarians get to think 'Oh no! Not another!' when faced with yet one more jokey kids book of poo / bum / pee / toilets. BUT (with one T) this is different, it looks like it's going to be humour but it is so packed with facts: an amazing breadth and depth of facts and all so individually designed and dense with eye-catching illustrations. It is totally fascinating. The detail in the book is impeccable, at the end is a glossary helpfully headed 'Dirty Words'. Human waste may be the subject and human it is but this book clearly shows the many ingenious ways in which it is definitely not wasted. The book is . . . a brilliantly inviting work of accessible science, biology, geography and history. -chair of judges
 
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Platts oversize book, informative and amusing in equal parts, offers so much information about waste that readers will be up to their ears in it.

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by Richard Platt, illustrated by John Kelly

Richard Platt has been writing for children since 1992. His Pirate Diary won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2002, the Silver Smarties Award 2002, and won the 'Best Book With Facts' prize in the Blue Peter Book Awards 2003 

John Kelly has been an illustrator for more than 20 years, working for Macmillan, DK, Egmont and Scholastic, among others. He has won numerous awards and his picture book Guess Who's Coming for Dinner?, created with his wife, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award..

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The Scoop on Poop
Lifting the Lid on the science of Poo and Pee
by Richard Platt, illustrated by John Kelly

Paper Over Board

Paper Over Board
Kingfisher
October 2012
Paper Over Board
ISBN: 9780753468869
ISBN10: 0753468867
Picture Book Nonfiction
9 x 10 1/4 inches, 48 pages, full color artworks
Age Range: 7 and up
Grade Range: 1 and up
$15.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Kingfisher
October 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780753469231
ISBN10: 0753469235
Picture Book Nonfiction
9 x 10 1/4 inches, 48 pages, full color artworks
Age Range: 7 and up
Grade Range: 1 and up
$7.99
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