Caramel loves reading books about facts. A short while ago he got his paws on a series of four books about the human body, and he has already reviewed The Science of Snot and Phlegm: The Slimy Truth about Breathing by Fiona MacDonald and The Science of Scabs and Pus: The Sticky Truth About Blood by Ian Graham for the book bunnies blog. Today he reviews the third book he read from this series: The Science of Poop and Fart: The Smelly Truth About Digestion, written by Alex Woolf. As usual, Sprinkles is asking questions and taking notes.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell me about this book with the funny title. Is it really about pooping and farting?
Caramel: It is!
S: As soon as I saw the title, I knew you would be curious about it. You love jokes about poop and fart. So it worked, right? It made you want to read the book?
C: Yes. It did. And I learned a lot of new things about digestion. Did you know that some ancient Romans rinsed their mouths with pee? To get whiter teeth?
S: Ugh, that sounds pretty disgusting. Does it work?
C: I don’t know. But it is pretty disgusting. I also learned that hippos spin their tail to launch their poop under water.
S: Hmm, so the book is full of weird facts about pee, poop, and, obvious from the title, farts. Does it also tell you about the digestive system more generally?
C: Not quite. It is full of stuff about poop though. Here are some chapter titles: “How do we produce poop?”, “What is pee?”, “What are farts?”, “What are burps?”, “What is saliva?”, “What are diarrhea and vomiting?”, “What is constipation?”, “Digestive problems”, “A healthy diet”, “Can poop be useful?”, “What happens to poop?”
S: Okay, these all sound quite fascinating. I think you learned a lot about the general stuff on the digestive system from Survive! Inside the Human Body: The Digestive System by Hyun-Dong Han already, and this book gives you a lot more weird but true facts about digestion in bite-size., digestible chunks.
C: Yes! Did you know that the tropical pitcher plant has tube-shaped leaves that are used as toilets by some animals? The poop provides the plant with lots of nutrition.
S: I seem to remember seeing that in a documentary. I guess the poop is full of food waste, so there are nutrients in it that the plant can use. What an interesting way to recycle!
C: Oh, and if you eat beans, your fart smells.
S: Yes, I knew that. Also red cabbage.
C: I also learned that some dogs, if they cannot burp, they can die. So to treat the condition, they insert a flexible rubber tube down their throat.
S: Oh that sounds kind of painful, but it is better than dying.
S: Okay, I can see you want to read the book again and go over these very interesting facts all over again. So let us try and wrap up.
C: Yes, but did you know that if a llama feels threatened, it will spit, and it can spit about three meters away?
S: I knew llamas could spit, but that is a long way to spit! Do you remember the llama we met way back in Big Bear Lake?
C: Yes, he did not spit on us though, thankfully. And he really seemed to know when we were taking his picture.
S: Yes, I remember. He was almost posing for us. Okay, then. Give me your three words for this book.
C: Interesting, colorful, and informative.
S: Those work! I agree. I too learned a lot reading it. So what do you want to say to our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!