Who Gives a Poop?: Surprising Science from One End to the Other

Bloomsbury. Sept. 2020. 192p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781547603473.
Gr 4-8–Nature and science can provide entertainment and a sense of wonderment. Young readers interested in the “ick” factor will appreciate Montgomery’s exploration of all things scatological. Chapter titles include “Hunk of Tongue” and “Poo-Poo Choo-Choo.” Montgomery’s descriptive, engaging prose makes readers feel as though they are front-row companions on her scientific journey: “The air between us almost prickles. Me, the animal lover with a bird pendant hanging from my neck. Him, the trophy hunter with real heads hanging from his wall.” The footnotes are extensive, but at times are personal and humorous, adding an inviting tone. Gottlieb’s expertly drawn illustrations are spare. The annotated bibliography is thorough. Overall, Montgomery provides a well-researched read. Children will delight in the gross factor and deepen their understanding of the scientific process.
VERDICT This narrative stomp through animal poop is equal parts informative and grotesquely fascinating. Highly recommended for public and school libraries.

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