Rumble and Spew: Gross Stuff in Your Stomach and Intestines

Rumble and Spew: Gross Stuff in Your Stomach and Intestines

by Sandra Donovan, Michael H. Slack
     
 

What's that funny feeling coming from your gut? It could be oozing stomach acid or a booming belch or stinky fart that is ready to burst. These revolting reactions happen during the digestion of food. Once you've mashed up and swallowed a meal, your body has to turn it into energy, water, and . . . well . . . poop. Find out about all the nasty things that happen

Overview

What's that funny feeling coming from your gut? It could be oozing stomach acid or a booming belch or stinky fart that is ready to burst. These revolting reactions happen during the digestion of food. Once you've mashed up and swallowed a meal, your body has to turn it into energy, water, and . . . well . . . poop. Find out about all the nasty things that happen deep inside your belly - and learn why they sound, smell, and feel the way they do. With close-up pictures and lots of disgusting facts, this book tells all about the gross science behind your body's functions.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cherie Ilg Haas
Not for those with a weak stomach, this book goes into disgusting details about all things that are, well, stomach related. Divided into four chapters, it covers the stomach itself ("One, Big Acid Bath"), bowel movements ("What Goes in Must Come Out"), gas ("Gas Attack"), and saving the best for last, diarrhea and vomit ("Rumbling and Spewing"). Although scientific in nature, this book is well written for its intended audience; a casual voice makes it easy to read and comprehend the details. For example, a "Research Project" encourages readers to keep track of how many times they pass gas throughout a given day (the average person does so fourteen times according to the project description). The layout also helps the reader flow right through the book, with creative use of fonts and font colors, fun cartoon images balanced with photos, and "gross facts" that are set up as mini-sidebars throughout. This book includes a glossary, featured bibliography, suggested reading, and an index. It is part of the "Gross Body Science" series. Reviewer: Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–These titles work the ick factor to the max with their irreverent style and over-the-top look at body functions. Solid information layered between sarcastic comments and kid-friendly terminology like fart, poop, barf, and puke will keep readers engaged. “Gross fact” and other call-out boxes include historical and scientific details. Labeled, captioned (and graphic) photographs, cartoon-style illustrations, and micrographs add information, though some of the micrographics are incompletely labeled. Read these on an empty stomach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822588993
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Gross Body Science Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.56(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Sandy Donovan has written numerous titles for Lerner Publishing Group including Billy Graham (Biography), Protecting America (How Government Works), and James Buchanan (Presidential Leaders). Michael Slack's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, advertisements, and on TV. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in the United States and Europe. Currently, Michael is fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams—illustrating children's picture books. Michael lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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