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Children's LiteratureBetter get a couple of copies of this one because it will literally fly from the library shelves. Kids like gross and Szpirglas knows just how to serve it up to them with fascinating information about pus, mucus, sweat, blood, slime and an assortment of other yucky stuff not suitable for polite dinner conversation. With enticing chapter titles like "Sweet on Slime," "Spectacular Stenches," and "H is for Hurl," he lures the reader in and then expands on all the neat, nasty details in a breezy conversational style. Hilarious cartoon illustrations and a continuous lively debate between Scientist A and Scientist B energize the text. Billing himself as someone who thinks "weird animals and gross facts are cool," Szpirglas includes an impressive list of researchers who have made every effort to make sure he got his facts straight. The icky things related may revolt you, but I just bet you will find it hard to put down. 2004, Maple Tree Press, Ages 8 to 12.