The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Delightfully Disgusting- March 2009

Selected and annotated by Ata Bird


Berkowitz, Jacob. Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs and Others Left Behind; illus. by Steve Mack. Kids Can Press, 2006 (40 p.) Gr. 4-8.
Learn how to identify coproliths, fossilized poop from long ago. Scientists can learn things about the creatures that pooped including the creature’s size and what it ate.

Bial, Raymond. A Handful of Dirt; photographs by Raymond Bial. Walker, 2000 (32 p.) Gr. 3-6.
Dirt plays an important role in the life cycle as dead plant and animal matter gets broken down to release nutrients. The processes that occur are covered, as well as how creatures the live below ground, like moles, and creatures that live above ground, like beetles, benefit from dirt.

Bullion, Leslie. Hey There Stink Bug; illus. by Leslie Evans. Charlesbridge, 2006 (45 p.) Gr. 4-7.
Poems about bugs, in a variety of poetic forms, are accompanied by informational sidebars. The poems tend toward the humorous and light.

Davies, Nicola. Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable; illus. by Neal Layton. Candlewick, 2004 (61 p.) Gr. 3-5.
Who would have thought that poop was such a fascinating topic? Different types of animals poop differently based on their diets—for example, the poop of herbivore’s smells better than the poop of carnivore’s. Apparently, poop is also a super duper communication device. Animals from far and wide will learn what other animals are up to just by smelling some poop.

Davies, Nicola. What’s Eating You? Parasites—the Inside Story; illus. by Neal Layton. Candlewick Press, 2007 (60 p.) Gr. 3-5.
You might not be aware of it, but you are a habitat. Different types of parasites live off of, and interact with, their hosts in different ways. What’s eating you?

Gillet, Marie-Anne & Gilboux, Isabelle. Standing Up. Kane/Miller, 2005 (32 p.) 2-4 yrs.
When a little boy sees a peeing statue, he is struck with an epiphany: he too can pee standing up! At first his aim isn’t very good, but after practicing he is able to use the urinal.

Goodman, Susan E. Gee Whiz: It’s All About Pee; illus. by Elwood H. Smith. Viking, 2006 (39 p.) Gr. 3-6.
Urine can be surprisingly useful. People have a history of collecting urine for various purposes over the ages. Toileting practices, among both humans and various animal species are examined in addition to a variety of information about pee.

Goodman, Susan E. The Truth About Poop; illus. by Elwood H. Smith. Viking, 2004 (39 p.) Gr.3-6.
Some animals poop almost constantly—and they don’t even have toilet paper. Animal and human defecation make up the first two sections, and the uses of poop (you might be surprised) comprise the final, third, section.

Jenkins, Emily. Skunkdog; illus. by Pierre Pratt. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008 (32 p.) 5-7 yrs.
Dumpling is a dog with a problem: she has no sense of smell and because of this she can’t make friends with other dogs. When her family moves to the country her problem becomes an asset as she makes with a different sort of animal, a skunk.

Jennings, Richard W. Stink City. Lorraine/Houghton, 2006 (192 p.) Gr. 5-8.
Fourteen year old Cade Carlson is heir to the Stink City catfish bait manufacturing company, a family owned business that really stinks things up. After Cade becomes concerned about the ethical implications of catfish fishing, he plans to do something big at the Springfield Catfish Derby, something that could get him into big trouble. Fortunately for Cade, his friend Leigh Anne is planning to attend the derby to keep Cade out of trouble.

Krull, Kathleen and Brewer, Paul. The Fartiste; illus. by Boris Kulikov. Simon, 2008 (36 p.) Gr. 3-6.
The true story of Joseph Pujol, or Joe the Fartiste, is told in verse. Joe’s act in turn of the century Paris consisted entirely of farting: he could fart out sound effects and even bits of songs, leaving the crowd collapsed in laughter.

McMullan, Kate. I’m Dirty; illus by Jim McMullan. Colter/HarperCollins, 2006 (40 p.) 3-7 yrs.
A backhoe loader really loves taking mud baths and moving around large pieces of junk on his job.

McMullan, Kate. I Stink; illus by Jim McMullan. Colter/HarperCollins, 2002 (34 p.) 3-7 yrs.
A garbage truck eats all sort of smelly, disgusting things in the process of picking up and hauling away the trash.

Muller, Birte. Farley Farts; trans. by Marianne Martins. Neugebauer/North-South, 2003 (26 p.) 5-8 yrs.
Farley is a frog with a gas problem. After he gets sent to bed one night, he focuses on not passing gas. His stomach gets bigger and bigger, and in the morning Farley starts floating outside. If Farley wants to come back down to earth, it’s clear to him and everyone else there is only one thing he can do: fart.

Pilkey, Dav. The Adventures of Captain Underpants; written and illustrated by Dav Piley. Scholastic, 1997 (127 p.) Gr. 2-4.
George and Harold are fourth grade boys who hypnotize their principle to be the hero in their comic book, Captain Underpants. When the hypnotized principle escapes, trouble starts.

Riddleburger, Sam. The Qwickpick Adventure Society. Dial, 2007 (127 p.) Gr. 3-6.
Three friends have nothing to do on Christmas day so they decide to visit the town’s poop fountain at the sewage plant before the system is updated on New Year’s Day. The poop fountain is a bigger, grosser adventure than they imagined.

Siy, Alexandra. Sneeze!; written and illustrated with photographs by Alexandra Siy; illus. with photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel. Charlesbridge, 2007 (45 p.) Gr. 3-5.
Some common sneeze triggers, including dust mites, pollen, dander, hair, dust, and viruses, are shown and described the first half of the book with vividly colored photographs. The second half of the book discusses what happens when one of triggers makes the nose itch, starting with the neurological response and ending with air rushing out of the lungs. Fun facts about sneezes are also included.

Spzirglas, Jeff. The Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun; illus. by Michael Cho. Maple Tree Press, 2004 (64 p.) Gr. 4-9.
The Gross Universe is full of gruesomely gross thing like poop and pee.

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