The Scoop on Poop! by Mary Platt, Richard Platt


The Scoop on Poop! by Mary Platt, Richard Platt

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.


School Library Association Information Book AwardAll of us teachers and librarians get to think 'Oh no! Not another!

/ 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 BooklistPlatts oversize book, informative and amusing in equal parts, offers so much information about waste that readers will be up to their ears in it.

About the Author

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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48 pages


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Publication date

11th October 2012



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