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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet, written by Anna Claybourne. Scholastic. 2010. $9.99 ages 6 and up

"BUUUURRRRP! Excuse me! In many cultures, burping (or belching) is considered rude, especially if you do a loud, smelly belch at the dinner table. In some countries, however, such as China and Ghana, a belch can be acceptable, because it means you enjoyed your food."

EEEEWWWWW! There is a YUCK FACTOR included with each of these entries and it is pretty accurate. One yucky face is 'a little gross' moving up to five which is 'totally disgusting!' There are truly disgusting things in nature and among humans and we are lucky enough to begin with the fact that hippos 'spin their tails around when they poo, spraying muck everywhere!' Good grief! Did I need to know that? Well, I'm not sure but there are thousands of kids who will think that this is the best book to come along in ages. You know the ones!

The conversation at the dinner table or on a visit to relatives is bound to be lively if this is the current reading material of your children. Let them just get their hands on it and they will regale you with a plethora of facts you never wanted to know. It reads like the Guinness Book of World Records when it comes to things vile and gross. And it will be so much fun for them, while it will also teach them much about the world that they may not have previously considered.

Each page is alive with facts, photos, tips, did you knows? and the yuck factor. The clear, colorful photos will inspire kids to read their captions to learn about the featured creature and other information is clearly stated in titled paragraphs. Spiders, wasps, worms, maggots, beetles, jellyfish, lizards, snot, poo, spit...they are all here in their gruesome glory!

Read on, if you dare!

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