Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun

Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun

by Jeff Szpirglas, Michael Cho
     
 

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A hilarious and eye-opening new look at the world around us.
Gross Universe is an eye-opening and sometimes stomach-turning journey of exploration into all of our own gross inner workings, and some of the more nauseating tales from nature and the world around us.
The humor of MAD magazine meets good old hard scientific fact. Always entertaining, in fact

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A hilarious and eye-opening new look at the world around us.
Gross Universe is an eye-opening and sometimes stomach-turning journey of exploration into all of our own gross inner workings, and some of the more nauseating tales from nature and the world around us.
The humor of MAD magazine meets good old hard scientific fact. Always entertaining, in fact downright hilarious, author Jeff Szpirglas takes a scientific look at the many things about our physical selves and the other animals and plants around us that often go unmentioned. From our gross microscopic friends to our skin, hair, sweat, and other malodorous excretions, plus mucus, mold, acne, pus (a Perfectly Understandable Secretion), explosions, fossilized vomit, gas, and myriad other delightful subjects, this is science that will be sure to capture the attention of a young reader.
Szpirglas does not expose the sweeter side of life, but will keep young audiences enraptured, laughing, and learning. It may not always be pretty, but it’s definitely fascinating to uncover the scientific reasons for processes that happen to us and around us.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Better 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.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This lively title is for children who love stomach-flipping facts, most of which are connected to the human body. Whether describing the mites that live on dead skin or in the nose and around eyelashes or maggots that clean out pus, the information is presented in a witty manner that is sure to keep readers turning pages to discover more. Additional details are provided by cartoon characters named Scientist A and Scientist B. Puns and wordplays abound as the text reveals tidbits about dandruff (complete with a shiny black "Dandruff Landing Pad"), ear wax, tooth scum, and digestive difficulties that are unsuited for polite conversation. Chapter headings include "Sickening Skin," "Hideous Healing," "House of Wax (and Other Leaky, Oozy Things)," "What a Gas," and "V Is for Vomit." Szpirglas proves that gross facts are cool, and the book may just convince kids who think science is boring to take another look.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Face it, Szpirglas tells us, the world we live in is definitely gross-and we're pretty yucky, too. Read on, and you'll find yourself up to your oily, sweaty, bacteria-filled armpits in verifiable facts and figures about the mighty microbial wildlife that breeds and excretes in and on all living things. Cho's colorful cartoon scientists, A and B, lead readers through an intimate examination of topics inappropriate for the dinner-table. Chapter titles like "Mad About Mucus," "What a Gas!," "Mind your Pees and Q's," and "V is for Vomit" will entice readers to delve into their favorite foul and fascinating facts; and while certainly less than clinical, broad comic-strip illustrations throughout provide lighthearted visual context and appeal for those who delight in the disgusting. Szpirglas, who describes himself as "Just a guy who happens to think weird animals and gross facts are cool," lists 38 researchers and experts consulted in an impressive concluding page of "Amazingly Awesome Acknowledgments." (Nonfiction. 8-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897066393
Publisher:
Owlkids Books
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
598,718
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jeff Szpirglas has been a writer for television and radio, and a children's bookseller. He is now a writer for Owl, Chirp and ChickaDEE magazines.

Michael Cho's fun and irreverent illustrations add bold visual impact to the lively text.

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