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by Artie Bennett, Mike Moran

Rhyming couplets feature Professor Poopdeck and two young friends as he takes them on a type of poop safari. Words for poop (i.e. guano, number two, ca-ca), its forms and styles (cubes, tubular, wet and dry), and myriad of uses (i.e. souvenirs, a means of tracking and marking, housing insulation, food, fertilizer, fuel) are all conveyed with humor and a certain


Rhyming couplets feature Professor Poopdeck and two young friends as he takes them on a type of poop safari. Words for poop (i.e. guano, number two, ca-ca), its forms and styles (cubes, tubular, wet and dry), and myriad of uses (i.e. souvenirs, a means of tracking and marking, housing insulation, food, fertilizer, fuel) 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!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
From the Publisher
Praise for Artie Bennett's The Butt Book:

"a good-natured hymn of praise to rear ends" [with] plenty of laughs..."
—Horn Book

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Rhyming lines quickly introduce Professor Pip Poopdeck, who discusses the topic of poop. From the start, Professor Poopdeck acknowledges the subject matter as rather unpleasant and not one of common discussion. He confirms that everyone poops and mentions a few different words for poop that babies use. Then, using couplets, Professor Poopdeck goes on to describe the styles of poop from specks to piles, pellets to whitewash. The verses include how animals and people use poop to mark territories, to enrich soil, to provide heat, and more. There are comical illustrations on every page. Professor Poopdeck leads the journey from the hippopotamus piles to dung beetle balls to cow-dung huts. The topic and pictures will most likely have children "ew-ing" and laughing about the subject matter. Bennett's descriptions go beyond Gomi's book, Everyone Poops, from the "My Body Science" series. Readers may also be familiar with Bennett's earlier work, The Butt Book. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
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)

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Blue Apple Books
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8.60(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Artie Bennett is the inspired creator of The Butt Book, a "good-natured hymn of praise to rear ends in all their variety" (The Horn Book). Here Mr. Bennett once again combines fascinating facts with elegant rhyme to bring kids an illuminating look at a topic that shouldn't offend us, and is actually quite poop-endous! The author lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Poopendous 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Well Professor P. takes two kids (a boy and a girl) on the journey of learning about types of poop and uses for it! He goes on about how farmers use it for fertilizer and how people use it for houses and heat! Animals use it to mark their territories and seeds travel in animal poop. You really get the scoop on poop! Why I liked this book – I liked this book because of my sister’s reaction to it. I had the book sitting on my desk and she came by and picked it up and started reading it and I quote - “What?” “Oh, that’s got to stink!” “EW! That’s GROSS!” “HEY THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT POOP!” After she got over the shock of a book about poop, she read the whole thing… twice and was really into learning about all the ways poop can be useful. :D Besides me laughing hysterically at the book, the illustrations are great. The flow of the story and the rhyme is AWESOME! Plus the story really teaches you something! Who would have ever thought you could use poop in so many ways?!? It just tells us that we can recycle all kind of things! If you want a chuckle-filled educational book, this is the book to turn to! I really think kids 4+ will LOVE LOVE LOVE this book (or at least have a funny reaction ;) )! **Note I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wrighty More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to have children's author, Artie Bennett, send me The Butt Book to review last year. The grandkiddos loved it so of course I said yes when he asked if I would like to read and review his new book! Poopendous! is another delightfully silly (yet tasteful) book that is entertaining as well as educational. Professor P. Poopdeck is our narrator and teaches us that different animals make different shapes and there are even a variety of uses for poop. All of this and more are described in rhyming text. I didn't expect to learn so much myself! I've read it with my four year-old granddaughter several times and she asks questions and makes intelligent comments every time. Mike Moran has added comical illustrations sure to charm children and adults. His work perfectly compliments the story. While the topic could easily have been handled poorly, author and illustrator have made this an enjoyable adventure. I look forward to more from Artie Bennet. Fans for life at our house! Thank you to the author for a copy of this book to review.