Wearing safari-ready attire, mustachioed Professor Pip Poopdeck takes readers on a fearless expedition to the heart of fecal matter. Bennett, whose 2009 The Butt Book inhabited similar territory, addresses this subject with a nimble rhyme: “Rabbit pellets, raccoon tubes,/ Owl whitewash, and wombat cubes./ Camel poop is desert-dry./ Wet poop comes from birds on high.” Besides being a perennially funny topic of conversation for kids, poop has its uses, too, from transporting seeds to serving as fertilizer: “Poop enriches soil that’s poor./ Grow umpteen beans and greens galore!” Moran’s vibrant, Cartoon Network–ready digital art features a pair of children accompanying the professor and, of course, a bevy of animals doing their duty. There are kernels of wisdom to be found in Poopdeck’s lecture, but the main point is entertainment. Ages 4–up. (June)
Rhyming couplets feature Professor Poopdeck and two young friends as he takes them on a type of poop safari. Words for poop (e.g., guano, number two, ca-ca), its forms and styles (cubes, tubular, wet and dry), and myriad of uses (souvenirs, a means of tracking and marking, housing insulation, food, fertilizer, fuel, etc.) are all conveyed with humor and a certain demand for respect. It's a book that says: Don't just flush this stuff away! While it may dismay and stink, there's more to this stuff than you might think!
Praise for Artie Bennett's The Butt Book:
"a good-natured hymn of praise to rear ends" [with] plenty of laughs..."
Gr 1–3—In rhyming couplets, Professor P. Poopdeck gives readers "the inside scoop on every type and use of poop!" For example, termites pile their poop high in mounds, while "dung beetles roll it into balls/To gobble up when hunger calls." Some creatures "use poop to mark their scent" or to signal, "this is MY turf-STAY AWAY!" The cartoon-style pictures are lighthearted and entertaining, but really-should illustrations about poop be anything but fun? Larger libraries looking to increase circulation to young patrons who laugh at any mention of the word will want to consider this offering. Pair it with Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" books (Scholastic) and Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops (Kane/Miller, 1993) for a poop-tastic display.—Lisa G. Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
We all poop--humans and animals--so readers are urged to be strong and come along for this silly scoop on a subject most nasty. In breezy and breathless rhyming couplets, Professor Pip Poopdeck, the safari-outfitted tour guide, tosses out euphemisms and factoids galore. From aardvarks to zebus, from flies to hippos and from raccoons to rabbits, all animals excrete in large and small amounts. Sometimes it becomes food, as when dung beetles feast on termite mounds. Sometimes it's manure for farmers' crops. In Mongolia, yak poop insulates local homes. Moran's cartoon-inspired computer-generated imagery sets the tone with bug-eyed animals and people and a layout that often resembles postcards in an album. Poop is no doubt a poopular subject, but the title is misleading. Pigeon droppings cause illness and damage urban environments, among many other excrement-related problems. There is no information on human excrement and its role in devastating cholera epidemics. Nor is there any note about E. coli bacteria, another current cause for concern. A more balanced presentation of information would better serve readers. Despite the interest, the treatment is too limited to be useful. (Informational picture book. 3-8)