Book Review of Who Gives A Poop?
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Heather L. Montgomery
Illustrated by Iris Gottlieb
Ages 10-14 | 192 Pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books | ISBN: 9781547603473
What to Expect: Science, technology, engineering, culture.
A revulsion for human waste is almost universal—as is playground humor on the subject. From the time children learn to potty-train, they simultaneously learn that poop is something to avoid, something to get rid of, and something to be disgusted by. However, poop can be surprisingly valuable. In fact, all over the world, scientists, engineers, researchers, and even doctors are finding ingenious uses for this most reviled of substances.
In Who Gives A Poop, professional educator Heather L. Montgomery introduces readers to the vital role poop plays in our world. One of the most engaging aspects of this book is that it is not only packed to the brim with fascinating and grotesque scatological facts but is also delivered in the form of a gripping narrative.
Told in a first-person format that has the same engaging quality as forensic fiction on TV, this story pulls readers along on a journey deep into the sorts of scientific discovery they don’t teach you in schools. It’s undeniably humorous, but that doesn’t stop it from being rigorous; in fact, nearly every page sports precise footnotes offering a technical gloss to the story on the page, while the volume is rounded off with an extensive bibliography, offering readers a starting place for their own poopy research.
Who Gives a Poop? is an enjoyable volume that will inspire young readers to think outside of the box and get dirty in their quest for knowledge.
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About the Author
Heather masterfully employs yuck appeal to engage young minds. She delights in using snail poop, petrified animal parts, and tree guts to inspire reluctant readers and encourage scientific thinking. Heather has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Education. Learn more about her at www.HeatherLMontgomery.com.
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