Oh, Yuck!: The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty

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All the best stuff about some of the worst stuff on earth.

From the liquids, solids and gases?especially the gases!?of the human body to the creepy, crawly, fetid, and foul phenomena of the world at large, OH YUCK! is the ...

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All the best stuff about some of the worst stuff on earth.

From the liquids, solids and gases—especially the gases!—of the human body to the creepy, crawly, fetid, and foul phenomena of the world at large, OH YUCK! is the all-encompassing compendium of gross.

Skin eruptions. Naked mole rats. The Donner party and the hissing roach of Madagascar, maggot therapy, ear wax, the good news about pus, and why vomit smells.

Plus raunchy recipes and vile x-periments—Exploding Zit, Scab Surprise, and more.

It's everything you ever wanted to know about the yucky side of life.

An alphabetical collection of articles about disgusting things, from acne, ants, and bacteria to worms, x-periments, and zits.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
...this delightful volume will be enjoyed by fans of grossness everywhere.
Working Mother
EWWW... For every kid who's ever wondered about burping, pus, slugs, vomit, and the like, we recommend Oh, Yuck!
Has a compendium of useful information for teenagers... sort of like Dr. Spock meets South Park.
Family Life New York
This book is chock full of educational entries covering subjects from insects to bodily secretions.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Beginning with a warning that "this book is downright disgusting," Masoff presents a delightful compendium of facts about things that are gross, putrid, and stomach turning. Covering more than 50 topics from A to Z, she reveals the truth about some unsavory mysteries of the human body, such as acne, body lint, eye gunk, farts, halitosis, snot, and vomit. Odious creatures such as cockroaches, lice, maggots, rats, and slugs are also discussed. Other subjects include "Cannibals," "Gross Grub," "Mucky Medicine," and "Toilets." Ranging from a couple of paragraphs to several pages, the entries offer a great deal of information in a hilarious tongue-in-cheek manner. The author also provides pronunciations and definitions, historical perspectives, and advice on how to deal with each of her revolting topics. Amusing cartoons and well-chosen, black-and-white photographs with humorous captions support the text. A section of "X-Periments" (e.g., build an exploding pimple, mix a batch of make-believe mucus) makes an appropriate conclusion to the book. Guaranteed to improve the quality of the lunchtime chatter of all but the most squeamish, this delightful volume will be enjoyed by fans of grossness everywhere.-Cynde Marcengill, Horry County Memorial Library, Surfside Beach, SC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
From the human body's gasses and liquids to creepy phenomena of the world, Oh, Yuck! covers all 'gross' subjects with equal insights, including raunchy recipes, vile experiments, and general gore. Not for the squeamish. Kid-oriented (pre-teen) but many an adult will qualify as reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761107712
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/2/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 67,268
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Masoff, mother of two, fell into the world of gross when she became scoutmaster to a den of burping Cub Scouts, and then discovered that her Brownie troop has the same fascination with the feculent. She lives with her family in Waccabac, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Warning: This Book Is Downright Disgusting viii
Acne: Look Out Below, Your Zit's About to Blow! 1
Ants: Some of These Creepy Crawlies Are No Picnic 3
Bacteria: The Good, the Bad, and the Stinky 6
Bats: It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Fuzzy Mammal? 11
Beetles: The Things That Go Crunch in the Night 14
Blood: How Something so Gross Can Be so Good 18
Body Lint: Would You Like Toe Jam with Your Toast? 20
Body Odor: I Sweat Therefore I Stink 21
Burping: A Belch Is Born 24
Cannibals: Let Them Eat...Fred? 26
Cockroaches: Or, How to Live for 135 Million Years on a Diet of Pure Garbage 29
Crocodilians: From King of the World to Swamp Thing 33
Dandruff: Snow for All Seasons 35
Earwax: Great Big Gobs of Brownish Gunk 38
Edible Bugs: Waiter, There's Some Soup in My Bug! 42
Eels: Slithery, Slimy Swarms of Fish 46
Eye Gunk: Mr. Sandman, Meet Mr. Mucus 49
Farts: A Burp from Below 54
Fleas: This Joint Is Jumping! 57
Flies Puking and Peeing: A Day in the Life of a Fly 60
Foul Feet: A Step in the Wrong Direction 63
Freaky Fish: Swim or Be Swallowed 64
Frightening Fashions: Outfits Wackier than Your Great-Aunt Ida's 68
Fungi: There's a Fungus Among Us! 71
Gross Grub: If You Think Broccoli Is Bad 74
Halitosis: Wake Up and Smell the Stench 78
Icky Insects: To Buzz or Not to Buzz 82
Jellyfish: Put on Your Pantyhose and Dive In! 85
Leeches: A Blood Buffet 88
Lice: Too Much Attention Can Go to Your Head 91
Lizards: Relax, Take Your Tail Off 93
Maggots: Decaying Dead Deer? Dinnertime!! 96
Miserable Meats: A Soda, Some Fries, and a Double Eyeball Burger with Cheese 99
Mites: Mighty Microscopic Munchers 102
Mosquitoes: A Midsummer Night's Scream 103
Mucky Medicine: This Will Only Hurt for a Second 106
Mummies: Are You My Mummy? 110
Naked Mole-Rats: Rough, Tough, and in the Buff 113
Parasites: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 115
Pee: They Call Me Mellow Yellow 117
Poop: A Bum Deal 121
Pus: Green, Goopy, and Good for You Too! 124
Quicksand: I'm Sinking and I Can't Get Up! 126
Rats: Long-tailed, Sharp Toothed Disease Buses 128
Raunchy Recipes: Today's Specials: Totally Nasty 131
Scabs: A Crusty Coat of Armor 134
Scorpions: Mini-Monsters of the Night 136
Shrunken Heads: A Nightmare for Your Noggin 139
Sickening Seafood: This Chapter Is Not for the Faint of Tummy 140
Skin Eruptions: Rashes, Blisters, and Warts. Oh My! 144
Skunks: A Putrescent Perfume 149
Slugs: Confessions of a Naked Snail 152
Snakes: Do the Fang Tango 155
Snot: You May Think It's Candy, but It's Snot 160
Spiders: They're Not All Itsy-Bitsy! 163
Spitting: Welcome to Loogie Land 167
Tar Pits: Stuck in a Rut 171
Ticks: A Bunch of Suckers 173
Toilets: A Royal Flush 175
Vile Vegetation: Fearsome Flowers and Vindictive Vines 180
Viruses: Invasion of the Body Snatchers 184
Vomit: Bring Along a Barf Bag--This Is Gross! 187
Vultures: Chow Time at the Roadkill Cafe 192
Worms: Spaghetti That Squirms 196
X-Periments: Making Muck of Your Very Own 198
Bibliography 203
Photo Credits 205
Index 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Returned it

    I bought it for my nephew, and returned it. The info was not that interesting, not set up in a fun way to read and it was not the fun but gross learning about things that I thought it was going to be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

    WOW: best read ever!!

    Loved the front cover.. loved the whole book itself.. well worth a read!! Especially if youlike bogeyyss!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Too Nasty

    I thought this book was too nasty. It's really gross. It just sits in my closet collecting dust all year. I thought it was too disgusting, so I (obviously) don't read it anymore. It's an immature book. I would NOT buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    'Oh,Yuck!' an excellent title, it describes the book perfectly!This book is amazing!The detaild descriptionit gives is astounding.It covers every detale of the gross world from pee and poop to leeches and mucky medicine.Kids will love this book,I suggested you read it from A to Z!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006


    Everything in the book makes a kid or adult laugh and probably barf!This book is a great hilarious book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    Disgustingly Interesting

    Do you like horrible gross topics? What about abnormal facts? Do you? Well I got a book for you. Oh Yuck is the most fascinating encyclopedia in the world. It ranges from stomach turners to real abnormal topics. Don¿t worry the facts are real interesting. If you are still not convinced listen to this; ¿fresh urine is cleaner than spit¿. Or even the interesting facts; the longest head of hair in the world is 10ft long. Now are you convinced? This book has two hundred two fun filled and educational pages. This encyclopedia has facts about acne to eye gunk. The book is set up like a real encyclopedia starts off with the gross topics starting off with the letter A and ends with gross topics starting with the letter Z. The only criticism I will have to say is the colors should have been in color, but the black and white photos were well picked. The author Joy Masoff author wrote six other books I know. They¿re all are educational: from books about warts to books about fire safety. She is an author that loves to educate and have fun at the same time: that¿s the same with all her books. She made this book disgustingly interesting. I recommend this book to people who like to learn by having fun and people with a strong stomach. I¿m telling even if you¿re the pickiest person in the whole world you wouldn¿t want to put the book down. Trust me I know. This book will give you a whole new perspective about the world and the people who lives in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Disgusting...but fascinating.

    We bought this for our 7 year old to encourage him with his reading, but found ourselves reading it just as much. The title is appropriate ¿ it does cover some nasty stuff, but the topics it covers are so interesting that while you may be grossed out at first you find you can¿t put it down. While it is written for teenagers and younger audiences ¿ it covers topics quickly but yet still gives some detailed information. I would recommend this book to anyone who has children (especially boys) because kids want to know all about this stuff and this book explains it all. There are 2 ½ pages of poop, what little boy hasn¿t wondered about how poop (or snot, or scabs) is made!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    Whatever it Takes!!!!

    It must be great fun to try to gross-out your friends and family. My 9 year old daughter actually turned off the video game so she could bone-up on gross trivia. At breakfast this morning she says, "Hey Mom, guess what; Vampire Bats pee while they suck blood from their prey so they will be light enough to fly away." "Lovely" I thought. But hey,,,,SHE IS READING,,,,, WHATEVER IT TAKES.

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    Posted October 28, 2008

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