Synopses & Reviews
The Official Spider Test.
What do you do when you see a spider? and#160; a. Lay on a BIG spidey smoocheroo. b. Smile, but back away slowly. c. Grab the closest object, wind up, and let it fly. d. Run away screaming.
and#160; If you chose b, c, or d, then this book is for you! (If you chose a, you might be crazy.)
and#160; Iand#8217;m Trying to Love Spiders will help you see these amazing arachnids in a whole new light, from their awesomely excessive eight eyes, to the seventy-five pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a single year! And youand#8217;re sure to feel better knowing you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being fatally bit by a spider. Comforting, right? No? Either way, thereand#8217;s heaps more information in here to help you forget your fears . . . or at least laugh a lot!
The critics agree, they love Poop and Pee
and#8220;Chock-full of intriguing, gross, and bizarre facts about animal and human excrement . . . the subject matter will capture kids' attention and draw reluctant readers. . . Smith's retro cartoons . . . provide humor without being too gross.and#8212;School Library Journal on The Truth about Poop
and#8220;Very readable, appropriately visual, and exceedingly encompassing . . . The well-executed cartoon artwork successfully goes for the clever . . . Naturally, kids will find all this marvelously gross, but along with the yuks, they'll get plenty of information.and#8221;and#8212;Booklist on The Truth about Poop
? and#8220;Science writer Goodman deserves a round of applause . . . for demystifying a risky topic.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly on The Truth about Poop
and#8220;Elementary-aged boys in particular will be drawn to the yucky grossness of the topic but will end up learning from the text. A book full of interesting tidbits that students will remember and love to share.and#8221;and#8212;School Library Journal on Gee Whiz! Itand#8217;s all about Pee!
and#8220;Goodman . . . tells kids everything they wanted to know about pee--and some of it is quite startling . . . Smith provides jaunty, sometimes silly cartoon-style illustrations. . . It's a book kids will pore over.and#8221;and#8212;Booklist on Gee Whiz! Itand#8217;s all about Pee!
PRAISE FOR BETHANY BARTON:
and#160; "Toothy and unkempt, with wild eyes and a temper tantrum of a roarand#8212;'I wanna go camping NOW!'and#8212;Stewart fully embodies a preschooler who has not yet mastered the art of waiting. Bartonand#8217;s sprawling, hand-lettered text and its buoyant placement match the urgency of Stewartand#8217;s desperation." and#8212;Kirkus
review of This Monster Cannot Wait!
"The sprawling text printed in capital letters emphasizes Stewartand#8217;s impatience, and the quirky ink and Photoshop illustrations add many humorous moments to the story." and#8212;School Library Journal review of This Monster Cannot Wait!
The original "Grossology" is back with a new format and is jam-packed with even more revolting yet scientifically accurate information. Full-color illustrations.
A classic of modern gross scholarship.
All the Facts on the Ins and Outs of Bodily Functions!
We call them waste products, but poop and pee are essential to our everyday lives. Did you know the chemicals in pee can be used to reduce city smog? Or that poop can fuel a trip to Mars? While we politely avoid the subject, amazing things are happening in digestive tracts all over the world, and you wonand#8217;t believe some of the gross-but-true details! Kids (and adults too!) will be captivated by the astounding facts contained in this fascinating book with hilarious illustrations!
About the Author
Susan E. Goodman has written over thirty books for children including It's a Dog's Life: How Man's Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World
; All in Just One Cookie
, an ALA Notable; and On This Spot: An Expedition Through Time
, a Washington Post Top Picture Books of the Year selection. She lives with her family in Boston, Massachusetts. You can learn more about her and her books at www.susangoodmanbooks.com.
Elwood H. Smith is the illustrator of many books for children, including the Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe series and also works regularly for publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Smith lives in Rhinebeck, New York and you can visit him at www.elwoodsworld.com and www.elwoodsmith.com