Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: 5/11/2010
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About the Book: Everyone poops. So why don't we ever talk about it history class? How did they go to the bathroom in the Middle Ages-they sure didn't have indoor plumbing! Who invented the modern toilet? How to astronauts go to the bathroom in space? Poop Happened is a look at the history of the world from the bottom up.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm always looking for fun, creative non-fiction to booktalk during my school visits. Poop Happened fits that description perfectly! The book is full of fun facts and illustrations and I know many middle school boys (and girls) will be excited to pick this one up.
I love the way the book is set up. The chapters are short and quick to read. In addition to the main chapter information, there's a lot of sidebar information and boxes full of fun facts. This is a book that can be read from forward to back or readers could easily pick it up and browse through it for some fun information. The book also has lots of cartoonish illustrations which I think adds to the appeal.
And of course, you can't forget the fact that the book is full of anything you've ever wanted to know about bathrooms and poop! How did they use the bathroom before there were toilets? What happened when they didn't clean up and poop spread disease? What were some of the gross poop related jobs people used to have? There's lots of humor and a few gross out moments, but nothing so bad it will really gross out readers.
Poop Happened is a great tween book and perfect for reluctant readers and reluctant readers of non-fiction. Even though it's targeted to a tween audience, I think this would have appeal to older readers as well-I mean, who doesn't want to learn about poop? It's always funny! I doubt this one will stay in my library long after I talk it up to my tweens!
Book Pairings: The Big Book of Gross Stuff by Bart King, 100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from library copy