Monday, January 2, 2023

Review: Poop for Breakfast by Sara Levine


Genre: Children's 5-10
Published: April 4, 2023
Pages: 32

Eating poop is gross! So why do some animals do it? For lots of good reasons!

Male butterflies slurp up poop to give as a gift to females, which makes their eggs stronger. Robins scarf down the poop of young chicks because it's full of undigested nutrients. And baby elephants gobble up the poop from adults to get essential bacteria into their digestive systems. This disgustingly informative book is bursting with lots of surprising information about animals―and digestion!

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

If you know anything about me, then you know that when I saw the title of this book, I got excited. I have a very strange obsession with the word "poop" so books that talk about it are pretty high on my want to read list, regardless of what age they are intended for.

This was a very informative children's book. I know I learned a thing or two about why some animals eat poop. And the information was presented in language that children should easily be able to understand. My one concern about this book is that there may be some children that in spite of the book making it very clear that humans should not eat poop because it can make us sick, will want to do it anyway because this book makes it seem appealing. 

The illustrations were very bright and colorful, and really helped to show how some of the animals digestive systems actually work, as well as giving a good, but not super gross, image of what different animals' poops look like. 

Because of the subject of this book, I would personally have no problem reading it multiple times to children, but I imagine most parents would be a little bit more hesitant. At the same time, it is very informative and teaches things in a fun way that could help with retention. Overall I give it 4.3 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Sara Levine is an author, educator and veterinarian. Her science books for children include the Animal by Animal series, Germs Up Close, and A Peek at Beaks: Tools Birds Use. Her books have received a number of awards including AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, Utah Beehive Book Award, Cook Prize finalist, Monarch Award master list, and Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year.

Florence Weiser is a French illustrator currently based in beautiful, rainy Belgium. While growing up in Luxembourg, she always knew she wanted to draw and draw. She lives and works surrounded by nature, from which she gathers most of her inspiration.

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