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Everyone Poops [Paperback]

Taro Gomi
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Oct. 1 2001 My Body Science

"Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi is part biology textbook, part sociological treatise and all celebration of a very natural process. Both my daughters begged me to read the book over and over again. They marveled at the enormity of the elephant`s poop and searched with the skill of a scientist for the tiny specks which represent bug poop. The text is simple and straightforward but not without humor.

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"An elephant makes a big poop. A mouse makes a tiny poop," and so the text goes, describing all sorts of creatures and people who eat and thus defecate. Ages 18mos.-4yrs.

Copyright 2001 Cahners 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny book to aid toilet learning Dec 30 2000
A hilarious book showing many kinds of animals, their poop, and describing where and how they poop (e.g. while walking). Also reviewed are the ways a baby poops in a diaper, small child in a potty, and older children and adults on a toilet. Hysterical graphics such as rear view of child sitting on toilet with the poop in midair, which we see between the gap in his buttock cheeks. Other scenes demonstrate how the toilet is flushed and the poop is washed down the pipes.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the soon to be potty trained... Sept. 4 2000
This book explores every type of poop imaginable. Its size and the owner of the various types of poop from an elephant to a camel. Three year olds are fascinated by the subject. I bought this book when my son was two and he did not express any interest until about 3. Young girls may be interested sooner. This book explains that everyone poops and that poop is the byproduct of our food. Written in clear language with simple and tasteful illustrations, especially considering the subject, this book is for all parents of children who will soon be potty training. Highly recommended. There is simply no other book like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GROW UP ALREADY!!!! March 17 2004
By A Customer
I found Everyone Poops to be very helpful in explaining the process to my 2 years old. It not only explains the process but it can help teach too; my daughter finally understands why she goes poop. Isnt that the purpose of the book, to teach? The Editorial reviews are closed minded. WHY NOT HAVE A BOOK ON POOP? If you can not explain your childs body to them, then you have no business being a parent! People need to get over the problems that they have discussing the human body. From sex to poop; Our kids need to know that their body is nothing to be ashamed of!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poop poopedoop March 18 2004
I puchased this book for my 2 1/2yr old. He thinks it is hilarious. Kids don't think of poop as taboo. Why make them? It's no secret what you're doing in there. Not only did this book help with potty training, but got him reading more again after a bit of book bordom. As a bonus--most adults that find it in my house either remember it fondly or get a good laugh. :)
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My daughter first found this book while using the bathroom at my friend's house. It was part of the "bathroom literature" collection there. She loved it so much that she made me read it three times to her while she sat there. (She was toilet-trained early).
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Spur Conversations About Poop Feb. 27 2002
There are some things adults do not like to talk about. Generally speaking, poop is one of those things. (Except for those adults who are poop-fixated and seem unable to talk about anything else-- but let's forget about them for now.)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Campy, wonderful coffee table book Nov. 4 2000
My husband and I saw this wonderful gem of a book in a local store and laughed hysterically as we read it aloud.
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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good explanation.
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 1 month ago by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars really, they do...
this should be one of the first books you read with your child
Published 1 month ago by Norman Lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Mah
It came way faster then it said it would but my son didn't really like the pic's in this book.
Published 2 months ago by Issy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got my boy pooping on the toilet!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Reservoir Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I bought this for my boyfriend and it pissed him off. I love it
Published 2 months ago by Brendan Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teaching toddlers about poop
My husband was very skeptical about this book when I showed it to him. But after reading it a few times with my 2 year old he feels that it was a great choice. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Helen hoon
2.0 out of 5 stars Crude illustrations and crappy (excuse the pun) text
The topic being discussed warrants depictions of poop, but I was expecting wittier text to accompany the illustrations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by NW
5.0 out of 5 stars It works
My daughter has been regularly trying out the potty since reading this book. It's quite a funny read and although she's not ready to potty train yet, it's giving her ideas
Published 11 months ago by Aimee Klassen
5.0 out of 5 stars review
My kids loved this book! It made them laugh. They loved the subject. The pictures were funny. They enjoyed the book. It made the parents laugh too.
Published on Dec 15 2011 by Ingrid
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Experience
The book arrived in good condition and was reasonably prompt. Also a good book. It was hard to kind this book at retailers in Canada, it was pleasant to purchase this.
Published on Aug. 29 2011 by I. Macneil
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