Everyone Poops Hardcover – Sep 1 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Okay, so everyone does it--does everyone have to talk about it? True, kids at a certain stage of development may find the subject riveting--but their parents may well not want to read to them about it. Here we learn that birds do it, bees do it, kids with bended knees do it. We are told about big poop and little poop, animals that poop while moving and animals that poop from a stationary position, why and where people poop--in short, we get the scoop on poop. The pictures, far from Gomi's best work, leave nothing to the imagination either. In case the message hasn't sunk in, the final spread presents a chorus line of creatures, backsides forward, each producing poop. Call it what you will, by euphemism or by expletive, poop by any name seems an unsuitable picture book subject--a view not helped by this artless presentation. Ages 18 mos.-4 yrs.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-- Well yes, they do, but does anyone really need an entire book on the subject? In this Japanese import, readers are informed on page one that "an elephant makes a big poop, a mouse makes a tiny poop." Later on, they are told that it comes in different shapes, colors, and smells, and that, depending on who is doing it, it is done in different places. The summarizing statement is that "all living things eat, so everyone poops." However, there is never any explanation offered as to why. Overall, the text is merely a series of rather dull pictures of back ends of people on toilets and animals, with captions identifying them and occasionally posing questions such as "What does a whale's poop look like?" (No answer is provided.) There is even a little joke: "A one hump camel makes a one hump poop. And a two hump camel makes a two hump poop. Just kidding." I wish I were. --Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
Illustrations are cartoon like. This was originally published in Japan and therefore the human characters are all Asian. How lucky for us English-speaking parents to have this translated version!
The goal of this book is to review with the child the progression of moving from diapers to toilets. It is a funny way to talk about poop with the child. Every child who has seen our book laughs out loud. Many adults who have seen our book think it is so funny. The exception is my husband who thinks this is just gross. If you need to interject some humor in the toilet learning process, read this to your child!
So, for her second birthday, my friend got her this book and she loves it. She makes me read it over and over. It's a favorite bedtime story and she really gets a kick out of it. When the book shows a snake and asks "Which end is the snake's behind?" She says "This!" and points. When the book asks "What does whale poop look like?" she answers "Stinky!"
I am less intrigued by this book and find the pictures somewhat freaky, but since I'm not the target audience anyway, who cares? If you're trying to teach your children not to be embarrassed or ashamed of bodily functions, it's a great book. The "everyone poops" message is definitely communicated and my daughter seems to get some satisfaction knowing that she is just like everyone else.
Learning to about poop is one of life's first traumas for many children. Pooping is probably the first "something we don't talk about" that many children encounter. (Unfortunately, there will be more.) There is absolutely no reason not to talk comfortably about poop, however, since, as this book aptly demonstrates, everybody (and every thing)does it.
"Everybody Poops" is an excellent ice breaker. It allows a child to think and talk about something that is undoubtedly on his or her mind. It helps adults talk with children about something they want and need to know-- but that adults are too often uncomfortable discussing.
Don't leave your child in the dark. Read "Everybody Poops" together. It is a good precedent to set for dealing with and talking about those "untouchable" issues.
Not because the book is rediculous or clownish or at all in bad taste. On the contrary -- parents will find "Everyone Poops" to be an invaluable and tasteful way to introduce the realities of "Number Two" to their potty-training preschoolers.
We laughed because it was very refreshing to see this subject treated in such an earnest, straightforward fashion. All too often, certain body parts and their functions are considered somehow shameful or taboo. If we are, as many people believe, divinely fashioned by our Creator, how then can we believe any part of us is less than divine? This book is a valuable first step in learning about one of our bodies' entirely natural processes.
Besides that, the book is a perfect antidote for jaded adult sensibilities. Admit it -- indulging in a little harmless fixation on bodily functions now and then can be a lot of fun. If you don't believe me, ask your child to sing you the verses to "Diarrhea" and see if you don't secretly find yourself wanting to sing along.
"Everyone Poops" was our Christmas gift to my husband's younger, bachelor brother. We told him it was the ultimate coffee table book, and I plan to buy a copy for our coffee table too (When we get a coffee table, that is).
Most recent customer reviews
Super cute book. It's a cult classic. The condition of the book was accurately described.Published 4 months ago by Amanda
So good. So, so good. Makes a lot of sense to a 2 year old, plus it's easy to read.Published 12 months ago by Xaneaux
My niece loves this book! It has peaked her interest in potty training.Published 15 months ago by JO
I had never even heard about this book until we went to Safari Niagara this summer. So cute, funny and to the point. Will come in handy when LO is potty trained ; )Published 17 months ago by Stacey
this should be one of the first books you read with your childPublished 17 months ago by Norman Lloyd
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