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Find out what happens to all of the poo at the zoo in this funny and factual picture book! There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo? This zany, fact-filled romp explores zoo poo, from cube-shaped wombat poo to white hyena scat, and all of the places it ends Find out what happens to all of the poo at the zoo in this funny and factual picture book! There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo? This zany, fact-filled romp explores zoo poo, from cube-shaped wombat poo to white hyena scat, and all of the places it ends up, including in science labs and elephant-poo paper—even backyard gardens!


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Find out what happens to all of the poo at the zoo in this funny and factual picture book! There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo? This zany, fact-filled romp explores zoo poo, from cube-shaped wombat poo to white hyena scat, and all of the places it ends Find out what happens to all of the poo at the zoo in this funny and factual picture book! There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo? This zany, fact-filled romp explores zoo poo, from cube-shaped wombat poo to white hyena scat, and all of the places it ends up, including in science labs and elephant-poo paper—even backyard gardens!

30 review for What Do They Do with All That Poo?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    If you have kids, poo books are just all the rage, right? But it's more fun as the reader when the facts you learn are fascinating. Who knew poo books could teach so much? The 4 year old always giggles about learning about bats having to turn right side up at night so they don't poo on themselves. And now we'll be checking out the local zoo to see if they sell Elephant Poo Paper, because who wouldn't want some of that? :) And of course, we had to google wombat poo after reading so we could see i If you have kids, poo books are just all the rage, right? But it's more fun as the reader when the facts you learn are fascinating. Who knew poo books could teach so much? The 4 year old always giggles about learning about bats having to turn right side up at night so they don't poo on themselves. And now we'll be checking out the local zoo to see if they sell Elephant Poo Paper, because who wouldn't want some of that? :) And of course, we had to google wombat poo after reading so we could see it for ourselves. Of all the poop books I've picked up to read (because of course my boys will love them), this has been my favorite so far.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I absolutely loved all of the facts in this book! I can totally picture reading this with my nephews and having them laugh their heads off and also learn a bunch. The only problem is the answer to the title question is anti-climactic and also a little unclear (weirdly). I feel like this book's strength isn't the answer to the title question but instead the cool facts about each animal throughout. Also, I'm not sure how much of a problem this is for most children's science books, but I fear this c I absolutely loved all of the facts in this book! I can totally picture reading this with my nephews and having them laugh their heads off and also learn a bunch. The only problem is the answer to the title question is anti-climactic and also a little unclear (weirdly). I feel like this book's strength isn't the answer to the title question but instead the cool facts about each animal throughout. Also, I'm not sure how much of a problem this is for most children's science books, but I fear this can become outdated quickly with sentences like "it's a mystery that scientists are trying to figure out." Maybe that doesn't matter.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Why do I love this non-fiction children's book about poo so much? No, I'm asking--please explain it to me. WHY?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    While the subject of this book is rather gross, it's also a fact of life. And the title question is a good one. I have to admit that when I heard the title for the first time, I was both grossed out and intrigued. Grossed out for obvious reasons. Intrigued because I was curious to know the answer. And I think that at least some young readers are bound to be intrigued as well. And since the book is nonfiction it treats the subject matter in a straight-forward, down-to-earth manner. The book start While the subject of this book is rather gross, it's also a fact of life. And the title question is a good one. I have to admit that when I heard the title for the first time, I was both grossed out and intrigued. Grossed out for obvious reasons. Intrigued because I was curious to know the answer. And I think that at least some young readers are bound to be intrigued as well. And since the book is nonfiction it treats the subject matter in a straight-forward, down-to-earth manner. The book starts by talking about the waste produced by a variety of different zoo animals, such as pandas, giraffe's, hippos, and sloths. Each page has a basic statement about that animals and it's poo, followed by additional information at the bottom of the page. The second part of the book covers the various ways that zoos dispose of the large amount of waste they collect on a daily basis. I found it interesting. And the illustrations are bright and cheerful and not too graphic. An interesting book on a fascinating if disgusting topic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    There is a lot I like about this book. First off, the illustrations are nice (even when they are picturing poo). It kind of reminds me of Curious George. Secondly, they have two sizes of fonts of each page. The bigger font with a contrasting color is short and rhymes. This makes it great to read to younger children who might not sit through a lot text. The smaller text at the bottom, which is a different shade of the background, blends in more with the page but not enough that it is hard to read. There is a lot I like about this book. First off, the illustrations are nice (even when they are picturing poo). It kind of reminds me of Curious George. Secondly, they have two sizes of fonts of each page. The bigger font with a contrasting color is short and rhymes. This makes it great to read to younger children who might not sit through a lot text. The smaller text at the bottom, which is a different shade of the background, blends in more with the page but not enough that it is hard to read. The paragraphs in this font provide very interesting facts, which makes this a book that is interesting and engaging for many different age groups. Thirdly, its funny and provides a lot of interesting information. I am going to be recommending this one to many, many people.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book is fascinating and disgusting. The Victorian in me has never wondered what zoos do with animal waste. I would have never picked this book off the shelf; I only read it because it was required. But on the other hand, did you know that they make paper out of elephant waste? I know what I'm getting next time I need a gag gift. I predict that kids will love this book.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Alisha

    Great informative book about animal poo. Answers questions like: why is hyena's poop white? Do lions hide their poo like domestic cats? What animal has square poo? And of course, what do zoo's do with all that poo? Sure to be a hit with elementary-age students.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yamile Méndez

    Oh! I love dit soooo much!

  9. 3 out of 5

    Earl

    A fascinating read about the different kinds of poop zoo animals have and the various ways they are used afterwards.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Baby Bookworm

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is What Do They Do With All That Poo?, written by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by Allison Black, a wild and wonderful look at zoo animals’ poo. There are lots and lots of animals at the zoo, and they have lots and lots to eat. And well, you know what comes next – they poo! There are as many types of poop as there are different animals: small and hard, big and stinky, This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is What Do They Do With All That Poo?, written by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by Allison Black, a wild and wonderful look at zoo animals’ poo. There are lots and lots of animals at the zoo, and they have lots and lots to eat. And well, you know what comes next – they poo! There are as many types of poop as there are different animals: small and hard, big and stinky, even cube-shaped! But what do zoos do with all that manure? The answers just might surprise you! Well, that is definitely a subject I haven’t seen in a picture book before, but honestly? It was really cool! The friendly, colorful illustrations keep things bright and innocuous, and the bouncy rhyming text is informative and entertaining. What’s great is the way the book destigmatizes scat, showing kids that science is everywhere, and offers some truly fascinating looks into zoo animals’ biology, their behavior, and the science of scat. JJ loved the adorable animals, and the length was great. The ending is a little abrupt, but I can see this being a fun read for young science and/or animals lovers, even a potty-training aide! Informative and unique, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved! (Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.) Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!

  11. 3 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    I'm babysitting my nieces tonight and it is the eldest turn to choose the book and she chosen this one. What Do They Do with All That Poo? is a children's picture book written by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by Allison Black. It is a book about a zoo and how all the different type of animals – well poop. However, more importantly, what they do with it. Levine's text is rather straightforward, humorous, and almost poetic. The main text, which is directed to younger children are simple rhymes on how I'm babysitting my nieces tonight and it is the eldest turn to choose the book and she chosen this one. What Do They Do with All That Poo? is a children's picture book written by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by Allison Black. It is a book about a zoo and how all the different type of animals – well poop. However, more importantly, what they do with it. Levine's text is rather straightforward, humorous, and almost poetic. The main text, which is directed to younger children are simple rhymes on how different animals defecate – I never knew wombats have cube-shaped excrement and now it's something I have to witness. The lighter text is more directed to older children as it is often more factual and enhance their knowledge in the area of number two. Black's illustration is rather cartoonish; while I normally dislike this style – this is the type of book, I do not want realistic illustrations. The premise of the book is rather simplistic and straightforward. It shows how different animals defecate in a zoo and the different type of defecation that they create. It also shows what they do with all that defecation and I was quite surprised at what they do with it – some of it is logical, while others I found rather surprising. In all my life I have never heard of elephant poo-paper and now I want nothing more to just see it – not sure if I want to use it. All in all, What Do They Do with All That Poo? is a wonderful and hilarious children's book about a defecation and what they use that defecation for in a wonderfully educational children's book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    #partner #blueslipmedia What Do They Do With All That Poo? Written by Jane Kurtz @writerjanie Illustrated by Allison Black @alisonblackillustration Published by Beach Lane Books @simonkids Thank you to #blueslipmedia for sharing a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I never thought I’d be reviewing a book with poo in the title, but after reading this nonfiction book I’m so happy I agreed to do just that! I can imagine reading this during a storytime to 4-7 year olds. The kids won’t be ab #partner #blueslipmedia What Do They Do With All That Poo? Written by Jane Kurtz @writerjanie Illustrated by Allison Black @alisonblackillustration Published by Beach Lane Books @simonkids Thank you to #blueslipmedia for sharing a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I never thought I’d be reviewing a book with poo in the title, but after reading this nonfiction book I’m so happy I agreed to do just that! I can imagine reading this during a storytime to 4-7 year olds. The kids won’t be able to stop laughing once they hear the title! But once I settle them down and really begin the story, they will be totally absorbed. The children will learn about the different animal diets, as well as how the animals use their poo in the wild. They will learn about what zoos do to handle the poop, and the many ways it can be used to help the world. Allison Black’s darling illustrations of different zoo animals jump off every page. Be sure and notice the expressions on their faces, and especially their eyes. Every single friendly animal face gives the reader the idea that mischief is about to happen at any moment! This is a book that will be enjoyed at home over and over again, but it’s also a book that is a perfect one to be used in classrooms or with families to prepare for a trip to the zoo. It’s a must buy for every library!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    Anyone working with children and books knows that the rather naughty subjects of poop, peeing and farting are some of the most popular. In this book, science is mixed in as well, showing what zoos do with all of the animal poop they have. First the book explains what poo is, then moves into showing different types of animal poop like giraffe, panda, hippo and elephant. The book then goes on to explain that most of the poop heads to landfills after being loaded into trucks. Some poop goes to labs Anyone working with children and books knows that the rather naughty subjects of poop, peeing and farting are some of the most popular. In this book, science is mixed in as well, showing what zoos do with all of the animal poop they have. First the book explains what poo is, then moves into showing different types of animal poop like giraffe, panda, hippo and elephant. The book then goes on to explain that most of the poop heads to landfills after being loaded into trucks. Some poop goes to labs for scientists to examine. Some is made into compost for gardens. And interestingly, sometimes paper is made from elephant poo! Kurtz explains in a matter-of-fact way the various animals and how they poo and then handle their poop. The hippo splattering its poop around is gross but interesting, something that basically sums up this book. Kurtz doesn’t shy away from the grosser parts, but also keeps her focus on facts and science in the book. The illustrations are bright and friendly, despite all of the poop on the pages. Animals are shown in their zoo habitats and then their poop is also shown with them. An interesting and scientific look at poos in zoos. Appropriate for ages 3-6.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Cindy Hudson

    What Do They Do With All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz taps into the fascination most kids have with the concept that everything poops. On a tour of zoo animals Kurtz sneaks in education about what animals eat and how that affects the waste that comes out of their bodies. For instance, “a penguin shoots its poo out in a fishy-smelling streak.” Since penguins don’t have teeth, “fish go through them fairly rapidly.” Kids learn about hippos using dung to mark their territory, wombats pooping cube shapes, What Do They Do With All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz taps into the fascination most kids have with the concept that everything poops. On a tour of zoo animals Kurtz sneaks in education about what animals eat and how that affects the waste that comes out of their bodies. For instance, “a penguin shoots its poo out in a fishy-smelling streak.” Since penguins don’t have teeth, “fish go through them fairly rapidly.” Kids learn about hippos using dung to mark their territory, wombats pooping cube shapes, snakes that only poop once a year, why panda poo doesn’t stink, and more. They also learn about how zoos handle the waste. Lots of it get trucked away. Some goes to research. Some gets turned into compost or even paper and sold to people who want to use it. Allison Black’s illustrations are cute and whimsical, showing happy animals smiling while they do what every living thing does. What Do They Do With All That Poo? is sure to prompt lots of laughter while encouraging parent-child conversations about bodily functions, zoo animals, and the role of waste in nature. The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    How excited I was to WIN THIS BOOK from Unleashing Readers, last month! This book is basically what the title says. It starts out introducing various sizes, shapes, and colors of animal poo. Then it goes on to explain what zoos can do with the poo, ranging from sending it to landfills, to having it scientifically studied, to using it as compost. The pages are full of bright-eyed animals, pooing in their zoo-made habitats, with lots of scientific information on what animals eat and how their poo How excited I was to WIN THIS BOOK from Unleashing Readers, last month! This book is basically what the title says. It starts out introducing various sizes, shapes, and colors of animal poo. Then it goes on to explain what zoos can do with the poo, ranging from sending it to landfills, to having it scientifically studied, to using it as compost. The pages are full of bright-eyed animals, pooing in their zoo-made habitats, with lots of scientific information on what animals eat and how their poo is unique. I didn’t see a note on how the artwork was created, but it’s quite bold and colorful. My children were excited to see this book and started grinning as soon as I began reading the first pages. I’m certain this will be a much-loved book in homes and libraries, everywhere. For more on this book, please visit my book review blog, The Miller Memo.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Aeicha

    Have you ever visited the zoo and wondered what the heck they do with ALL the animal poo? I'm sure it's a question many of the little readers in your life have asked...well, author Jane Kurtz has answered this very question in her fun, factual, and delightful new picture book What Do They Do With All That Poo?  Kurtz tackles this smelly topic with charming humor, simple and easily understood text, and fascinating poo facts. From positively astonishing poo facts (wombats have square poo! bats have Have you ever visited the zoo and wondered what the heck they do with ALL the animal poo? I'm sure it's a question many of the little readers in your life have asked...well, author Jane Kurtz has answered this very question in her fun, factual, and delightful new picture book What Do They Do With All That Poo?  Kurtz tackles this smelly topic with charming humor, simple and easily understood text, and fascinating poo facts. From positively astonishing poo facts (wombats have square poo! bats have shiny poo!) to awesomely unbelievable poo facts (some snakes only poo once a year!) and wacky but cool true poo facts (they make paper from elephant poo!), young readers will be captivated by all the zany, yet totally true facts they'll learn from What Do They Do With All That Poo? And Allison Black's colorful, lively, and engaging illustrations will amuse and charm little readers will their silly depictions.  What Do They Do With All That Poo? is a wonderfully funny and surprisingly endearing picture book that will charm and captivate young readers! 

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    What Do They Do With All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Allison Black. PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster), 2018. $18. 978-4818-7986-8 EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL This book is all about the poo in a zoo, from who makes what kind, to what happens to it at the end of the day. The book includes a rhythmic and rhyming text paired with a section on each page that offers more in depth information. Do not be put off by the stinky subject matter! This book has bright and en What Do They Do With All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Allison Black. PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster), 2018. $18. 978-4818-7986-8 EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL This book is all about the poo in a zoo, from who makes what kind, to what happens to it at the end of the day. The book includes a rhythmic and rhyming text paired with a section on each page that offers more in depth information. Do not be put off by the stinky subject matter! This book has bright and engaging illustrations with interesting and fact packed text. Readers will enjoy learning about the animals and animal care through reading about their poo. Jen Wecker https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...

  18. 3 out of 5

    Lauren- The Smile Lines

    Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing a review copy of this book! What Do They Do With All That Poo? Released on 6/19/18 . I could NOT help but wonder what this book was all about!! As soon as my kids saw the cover and title~ THEY were hooked! Anything kind of gross is a hit with these two! . The illustrations in this book definitely make you giggle. It has a ton of information about that initial question. The answers shocked me! . I like how the book has information on the top and bottom of each page. Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing a review copy of this book! What Do They Do With All That Poo? Released on 6/19/18 . I could NOT help but wonder what this book was all about!! As soon as my kids saw the cover and title~ THEY were hooked! Anything kind of gross is a hit with these two! . The illustrations in this book definitely make you giggle. It has a ton of information about that initial question. The answers shocked me! . I like how the book has information on the top and bottom of each page. The information on the bottom was a little more advanced and detailed. I was able to read the book to my four year old with just the top information and read it again including the bottom information to my 6 year old. . I have a lot more knowledge on this topic now!

  19. 3 out of 5

    Tracy

    Thanks to the publisher for the review copy. All opinions are my own. What do zoos do with all that poo? I've never had the slightest bit of curiosity about this question before. But once it was raised, I was pretty curious about what zoos do with up to 5,000 lbs of poo each day. This book is packed with information about animals and their...byproducts...on the front end. The second half shares all the creative ways zoos use animal poo. Just when you think authors have thought of everything!

  20. 3 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    This book was pretty interesting. I loved learning all about the different kinds of poo. I know that sounds pretty strange, but it was quite fascinating. I never knew that Sloths creep down from trees to poo or that wombat's poo is cube-shaped. It was also cool to learn about what they do with all that poo at the zoo and how it can help the environment. It is a book that kids will find super funny and interesting at the same time. A great book for schools and home.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Barbra

    “At zoo after zoo the animals chew. And then...they poo!“ This informative colorful picture book not only describes different types of poo, but the animal that go with them, and their behavior. It also answers the question. A great book for little ones to learn all about that subject that makes them giggle.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Carey

    I laughed out loud and then was awestruck -- square poop! Who knew? And how fascinating. Kids will love this book - because, well, poop is funny! But this book is also full of fascinating science about animals and poop. Poop is hilarious but this book will fill the breaths between giggles with some serious facts.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Alyssa Gudenburr

    A very informative picture book about how zoo animals poop, interesting facts about their poop, and what zoos do with the poop. The top sentences are very short and can be read as a read aloud. The bottom sentences are smaller, longer, and gives lots of information. Overall a very informative and great book about animal poop.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alina Borger

    Jane read this tonight at a faculty reading--and color me delighted. She read the story first--a silly, lyric, rhyming narrative about what a zoo does with its poo. Then she went back and read the non fiction captions on each page--what poops are made of and how they impact the animals, the world, the zoo. My kids would have LOVED this book and I know my niece and nephew will too.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Julia

    Funny & informative. My first grader enjoyed this book, and now proceeds to tell everyone what she learned (such as "Bat poo sparkles because they eat iridescent bugs). A good nonfiction books for kids.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Abby Brithinee

    With bright, adorable illustrations and tons of interesting facts to go along with a rolling, story-like rhyme, this is a book that will have kids giggling while they also learn about zoo animals (and their poo).

  27. 3 out of 5

    Ellon

    Another one I saw in a book shop in Grand Cayman and just had to get, especially because of my love of zoos. I love the little facts throughout the book and the ending! I will try to purchase this for my school library as I think many students will get a kick out of it.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Kelly

    You gotta love a book all about animal poop. The illustrations are bold and neat. The telling of different animals and their poop, and then what happens to that poop, is very interesting and told at an appropriate target audience level.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Katelyn

    Fun book for 3 years plus. Great for older kids too because there are facts at the bottoms of each page. This is great because you can just skip past the facts for younger kids if you need a quicker read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    LOVED this! Wish that the question had been answered a bit more concretely at the end, but all the facts throughout about the animals' poo were brilliant, and the illustrations were fun. Wombat poo is square?! Amazing!

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