Cover image for What do they do with all that poo? / written by Jane Kurtz ; illustrated by Allison Black.
What do they do with all that poo? / written by Jane Kurtz ; illustrated by Allison Black.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Beach Lane Books, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"An exploration of different types of animal poo and what the zoo uses it for"-- Provided by publisher.
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1 Bob Harkins Branch 591.5 KUR Book Junior Collection

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Find out what happens to all of the poo at the zoo in this funny and factual picture book!

There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo? This zany, fact-filled romp explores zoo poo, from cube-shaped wombat poo to white hyena scat, and all of the places it ends up, including in science labs and elephant-poo paper--even backyard gardens!

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Kurtz (Planet Jupiter) playfully delves into the diversity of dung found at the zoo in her latest picture book. "A wombat's poo is cube-shaped, so it isn't very roly. / Some snakes poop only once a year. They digest their food sloooow-ly." Simple rhyming couplets deliver the facts, with accompanying sentences providing additional detail (e.g., "Wombats are highly territorial. They each deposit 80-100 droppings every evening as a signpost to say 'I'm here.'"). The first half of the book discusses how various creatures take care of back-end business, while the second describes how zoos manage all that manure (much of it is trucked to landfills, while some is composted into "Zoo Doo," among other things). The brightly colored, cartoon-style illustrations by Black (Barnyard Boogie!) add levity, as hippos grin, sloths smile, and bats beam. Poop of various sizes is buried, sniffed, squirted, weighed, and even thrown. Young readers going through a bathroom-humor stage should enjoy the topic and the book's light tone but, whether appreciative, awed, or grossed out, all will come away informed. Ages 3-8. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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