What Do They Do With All That Poo?

Planet JupiterWhat Do They Do With All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz. Illustrated by Allison Black. 2018. PreS-3. 40 pages. Beach Lane Books. ISBN: 978-1481479868.

From the publisher: There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo? This zany, fact-filled romp explores zoo poo, from cube-shaped wombat poo to white hyena scat, and all of the places it ends up, including in science labs and elephant-poo paper—even backyard gardens!

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What do the reviewers say?

"Kurtz drops nuggets of information about what poop is, how the excrement of a dozen types of zoo animals differs in shape and composition, what said animals do with their poop in nature, and the many ways zoos (and gardeners) study and recycle all those tons of 'zoo-doo.'...fresh scoop on poop." ~ Booklist

"At zoo after zoo / the animals chew. / And then … // they poo!" Quick rhymes in boldface type across the top make simple statements about each animal's toilet habits. 'Sloths creep down from trees to poop, / but only once a week.'...After exploring 12 different zoo dwellers, Kurtz then turns her focus to the large amount of poo that accumulates at a zoo every day. A scatological success. (Informational picture book.) ~ Kirkus

"...some poo is trucked to landfills, some ends up in labs for study, some turns into compost (worms love to eat and re-poop the stuff),...Black's toylike animals, with anthropomorphized grins, will hold more appeal for younger listeners, but the information will delight older, independent readers. ~BCCB

"Kurtz playfully delves into the diversity of dung found at the zoo in her latest picture book. 'A wombat's poo is cube-shaped, so it isn't very roly./Some snakes poop only once a year. They digest their food slooow-ly.'...young readers...should enjoy the topic and the book's light tone but, whether appreciative, awed, or grossed out, all will come away informed." ~ Publishers Weekly (editorial review).

"This nonfiction read-aloud for the younger set will have kids in giggles. Each page features rhyming text that describes a different animal's waste product, with more information at the bottom of the page. ... The playful geometric digital illustrations pop with color and have a lot of kid appeal. ... kids will be having so much fun they won't notice they're learning. VERDICT A humorous addition to most nonfiction collections" ~ School Library Journal.

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"These two authors are awesomely clever at giving young readers a lot of information while also giving them a very readable fun text to enjoy.
Jane (Kurtz) writes about the droppings (otherwise known as poop, dung, scat, and so forth), the animals that leave this poo for the zoo to do something with.  Some poo is green, some droppings are in the shape of cubes, and others are like marbles.  And what do zoos do with all that poo? ..." ~BookWoman and the Kid Reader

"Leave it to children's books to ask the tough questions, the ones that even adults wonder but might not be completely comfortable asking. Well, children are often pretty straightforward with their curiosity, so a new picture book written by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by Allison Black just might address what your child was wondering during your last trip to the zoo. What Do They Do With All That Poo?gives some basic answers and provides follow-up information that may even cause grown-ups to go, 'Wow!'"~ Dawn for 5 Minutes for Books. Read the entire review at http://books.5minutesformom.com/42100/what-do-they-do-with-all-that-poo/.

"We all know that I've got the sense of humor of a -year-old kid, so you know this book is a hit at home and in the library for me."~ Rosemary for Mom Read it. Read the entire review at https://momreadit.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/the-big-question-answered-what-do-they-do-with-all-that-poo/