FICTION

Whose Poop Is That?

Whose Poop Is That? illus. by Kelsey Oseid. 32p. Charlesbridge. Jan. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781570917981.
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PreS-Gr 2—Giggles, gasps, and guffaws will surely follow when a book about poop is discovered on the library shelf. A wide variety of poo is tackled, from elephants' to pandas', all accompanied by the question, "Whose poop is that?" Readers are urged to study the pen-and-ink drawings with computerized coloration to guess which animal the droppings come from. Clues come in the form of bits of identifiable food. For instance, the panda's droppings contain bamboo splinters. The soft illustrations enhance the featured food fibers, and the text departs from the routine with a spread on the fossilized poop of an extinct ground sloth and one that asks, "Is that a poop?" in reference to an owl pellet. Additional facts about poop and notable animal waste ("Wombat poop is square!") are provided in the end pages. Silly but educational, this selection gets readers to realize that much can be learned through observation when out on a nature walk.
VERDICT Sure to appeal to curious youngsters. Recommended for collections that can't get enough titles on poop.

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