The World of Poo Hardcover – Jul 9 2012
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"A gloriously old-fashioned and funny story...Pratchett includes plenty of jokes. His prose is suberb which, combinted with Peter Dennis's engaging illustrations, makes this a brilliant choice for reading aloud." Evening Standard
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TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.
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This story is charming, and uses both age appropriate and time appropriate language. However, it is not one of Pterry's best stories. I liked the book for it's dedication to detail in the construction of the book, as well as it's child's eye view of the biggest city on the Disc. I bought it for the completeness of my collection, and while I enjoyed it, I don't think it would be as charming for anyone who isn't a fan of Pterry's work.
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The best way I can describe the book is to call it something of an "in-context joke" that ties in with the events of the latest Discworld novel from the Watch/Vimes series, Snuff. In the Discworld universe, Young Sam is a huge fan of Miss Felicity Beedle's children's books, which tend to focus on the sorts of things that really interest and amuse young readers, like bodily functions. The World of Poo is written completely in "in-universe" style, part seemingly prim, proper and slightly twee Victorian children's author plus a healthy dash of Ankh Morpork matter-of-factness with illustrations to match. Where the previous tie-in, Where's My Cow?, gave a few winks to the fact that it was a Roundworld book based on a book mentioned in a Discworld book, The World of Poo never breaks character. A number of familiar places and familiar character names do pop up in the course of the story.
The tongue remains firmly planted within cheek from start to finish and the tone balances nicely between innocent, wide-eyed parody and informative, gleefully gross children's book. We follow young Geoffrey from his home in the Shires to his Grand-mama's posh house in the big city of Ankh Morpork, where she rather indulges his newfound scientific curiosity about poo of all sorts. Some of the highlights include a visit with Sir Harry King (who comes off in almost downright cuddly fashion, as can only be expected from a Miss Felicity Beedle), a day at the Sunshine Sanctuary with some of the Interchangeable Emmas, some heavy collecting at the Royal College of Heralds and a bevy of facts that mean you might accidentally learn something.
The detailed illustrations and little touches really add to the book. There's even an autographed flyleaf and dedication that should make readers of Snuff smile. You could spend a great deal of time just picking out the humorous bits nestled in the drawings. While it's not strictly necessary that you've read Snuff beforehand to get the joke, you'll certainly appreciate the humor more if you're familiar with the Snuff characters and storyline. It also helps if you have known (or possibly have been) a child with an appreciation for fun facts that might also prompt a hearty "eww". My only near-complaint is that it might have been nice if all the illustrations had been as elaborately colored as the cover, but then again, that might have taken away from the "elaborate woodcut" feel.
I enjoyed the illustrations (kudos Peter Dennis) and I love the real facts about poo that are worked into the story and footnotes. I think those facts made me laugh more than the bathroom humor (I'm also very glad that I'm not Pratchett's research assistant)!
The book itself is delightful, as have been all the "young Sam" books. We've moo'ed and poo'ed along with each one and have never been disappointed.