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The World of Poo [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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Book Description

July 9 2012
A charming tale for people of all ages (but especially for young Sam Vimes) from the pen of Miss Felicity Beedle, Discworld's premier children's author.
From Snuff: 'Vimes' prompt arrival got a nod of approval from Sybil, who gingerly handed him a new book to read to Young Sam. Vimes looked at the cover. The title was The World of Poo. When his wife was out of eyeshot he carefully leafed through it. Well, okay, you had to accept that the world had moved on and these days fairy stories were probably not going to be about twinkly little things with wings. As he turned page after page, it dawned on him that whoever had written this book, they certainly knew what would make kids like Young Sam laugh until they were nearly sick. The bit about sailing down the river almost made him smile. But interspersed with the scatology was actually quite interesting stuff about septic tanks and dunnakin divers and gongfermors and how dog muck helped make the very best leather, and other things that you never thought you would need to know, but once heard somehow lodged in your mind.'

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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

About the Author

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 is a Victorian styled children's book (complete with appropriate endpapers) is all about George, who visits his grandmother in Ankh Morpork. He discovers the wonderful vagaries of poop and decides (with all the wonder of a young boy) to create a museum dedicated to it's different properties. Grandma, far from being horrified, takes him on a tour of Vetinari's gardens and the Heraldic zoo so that he can add to his collection. The story ends with George being picked up by his mother and she brings him a surprise!

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett does it again! June 5 2013
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This book is actually only a mention in his book "Snuff" but it actually is even better than expected. I've also purchased the audiobook version so children can read along with the narrator. Perfect for the 6-year-old in your life. LOL
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World of Poo April 7 2013
By Barbara
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Have not read this book yet only browsed it. Bought for my husband to read as he like Terry Pratchett.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun concept, beautifully realised. June 11 2012
By Mothballjuggler - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful little side publication. Has the previous reviewer even read Snuff? If he had he would know the context for this book - that it is a childrens' book read by Vimes to his son which, given the subject matter, he finds hilarious. It should come as no suprise then that this book is not as long as said previous reviewer's Stephen King novels, but is an appropriate, even generous, length for a young person's book to be - especially as there are also plentiful illustrations(which are lovely, by the way). This book is well written and contains all of the familiar Pratchett humour and informative footnotes that a Discworld fan could hope for - for me, this is the best Discworld side project yet. I can only conclude that the previous reviewer cannot really be a Discworld fan, and must have lost his sense of humour somewhere amid his cheerless book collection. Read it with the light-heartedness it deserves, and as I've said before, buy the real book to appreciate it as an artifact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Snuff Tie-In June 12 2012
By Stacie Nicole Yates - Published on
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I'm admittedly a die-hard Discworld fan, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the previous "tie-in" projects that serve as a little something extra to go along with the main series. The World of Poo is no exception.

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.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd say, I love The World of Poo June 13 2012
By Angie Lisle - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The World of Poo was first mentioned (fictitiously) in Snuff (Discworld #39) -it's Commander Sam Vimes' son's favorite book- and now it has been turned into a reality.

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)!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World of Poo Sept. 1 2012
By T. Fitzgerald - Published on
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I now know things about poo I never even dreamed of. I am a huge Pratchett fan, and this is another great book from him. If you are a fan, I would say buy the book, you won't be sorry. And if you are sorry, then don't blame me, you didn't need to pay me any attention. Terry Pratchett books are the only ones that I read over and over. I have the Potter books, and they are good, but history after one read, no desire to repeat any of them. The Pratchett books are good everytime I read them. This one will be read again I am sure.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful Aug. 1 2012
By Geoffrey F. Beneze - Published on
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Formatting (in light of some reviews): This book is formatted perfectly and is visually flawless on my Kindle, iPhone, kindle on Mac, Kindle on PC AND on my ancient BEBook. It would appear that concern has been laid to rest.

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.
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