Dung for Dinner: A Stomach-Churning Look at the Animal Poop, Pee, Vomit, and Secretions that People Have Eaten (and Often Still Do!)

Dung for Dinner: A Stomach-Churning Look at the Animal Poop, Pee, Vomit, and Secretions that People Have Eaten (and Often Still Do!)


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Discover the stomach-churning truth about the animal poop, pee, vomit, and secretions that humans have eaten throughout history—and sometimes still do—in Christine Virnig's laugh-out-loud middle-grade nonfiction debut. Dung for Dinner is illustrated by Korwin Briggs.

From Roman charioteers scarfing wild boar dung to astronauts guzzling their own pee to today's kids spreading insect vomit on their toast, this humorous compendium is chock-full of history, science, and fascinatingly gross facts. Bug secretions coating your candy corn? Rodent poop in your popcorn? Physicians tasting their patients' pee? It’s deliciously disgusting!

*SCBWI Golden Kite Award Finalist for Older Nonfiction

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250246790
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 07/21/2020
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 422,723
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Christine Virnig makes her kidlit debut with Dung for Dinner. Christine is a pediatric physician specializing in allergies where—in addition to dodging the occasional snot rocket or projectile vomit—she gets to talk about topics that most adults find downright repulsive, like phlegm, snot, and dust mite poo. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and two hairball producers.

Korwin Briggs is a writer and illustrator who makes comics, infographics, and books about academic stuff like history and science. He’s the author of a webcomic called Veritable Hokum, as well as Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World; The Invention Hunters Discover How Machines Work; and The Invention Hunters Discover How Electricity Works. Since graduating, he’s been working as a professional freelance artist in a couple of different cities (currently New York).

Table of Contents

Foreword v

A Warning! viii

Part 1 Health & Medicine

Chapter 1 Tylenol a la Boar Dung 3

Chapter 2 Eat Poop to Stop Pooping 10

Chapter 3 Doctors Used to Taste What? 17

Chapter 4 Pearly White Pearly Whites 26

Chapter 5 Sweet, Sweet Pee 34

Chapter 6 Help! It's the Black Death! 41

Chapter 7 Move Over, Kidney Transplants, Make Way for Poop Transplants 52

Chapter 8 Space Water 61

Part 2 Your Lunch Box

Chapter 9 Scrumptious Whale Secretions 71

Chapter 10 Wait! What's in My Candy Corn? 79

Chapter 11 The Odoriferous Beaver Butt 86

Chapter 12 Hidden Surprises! 94

Chapter 13 Saliva, Anyone? 102

Chapter 14 Sweet Insect Vomit 110

Chapter 15 Poop Coffee 119

Chapter 16 Fly Vomit, Yummy! 128

Chapter 17 Munching Some Maggot Cheese 135

Author's Note 145

A Note About Products 147

Selected Bibliography 151

Index 163

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