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The Big Book of Gross Stuff

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A book by Bart King

Grade 6-10 This book is not for casual readers. Its pages are packed solid with disgusting information on an array of topics ranging from the predictable (vomiting, farting, burping, pooping) to the less obvious (corpses, shrunken heads, childbirth, … see full wiki

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Author: Bart King
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
1 review about The Big Book of Gross Stuff

Nice way to get your kids to learn stuff while getting "grossed out"...

  • Apr 11, 2010
If you have younger kids, especially boys, you know that "gross" things rule their world. The grosser, the better. Since you're probably not going to be able to get them to give up their predilection for grossness, you might as well have them learn a thing or two in the process. Bart King's book would be perfect to turn "gross" into a learning activity... The Big Book of Gross Stuff. King dives into the subject in his typical tongue-in-cheek fashion, and it's the right style to keep your kids turning the pages (much to your dismay if you have to be the one reading it to them!)

A Note On The Writing Of This Book; What Makes It Gross?; Gross Quiz!; The Miracle Of Birth; The Stream Of Life; Animals!; Breaking The Wind; Monsters!; Everyone Poops; It's A Gross Job, But I Don't Want To Do It!; Toilets!; Putting Your Best Food Forward; Sewers!; Gross Anatomy; It's A Gross World, After All!; The Skin You're In; Food, Drink, And Other Harmless Hazards; Kicking The Bucket; Epilogue; Bibliography

It's easy to see that King had a lot of fun here. It's not often that you can deliberately be this gross and use so many bad puns, yet still be completely on-topic. But while he's doing this, he's also mixing in quite a bit of learning. Yes, everyone poops. But do you know what happens from the time the food enters your mouth looking (and smelling) one way and exits your rear looking (and again smelling) completely different? Do you know why you start to salivate heavily if you're about to "ride the Regurgitron"? And much to my surprise, urine is far from a waste product in many cultures. And yes, I'm glad I'm not part of those cultures...

If you have a weak stomach or are easily grossed out, don't read this book. Really! But if you want to give your kid something that they'll likely read from cover to cover (probably much to your dismay), give them a copy of The Big Book of Gross Stuff.

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