We love nothing more than fact books in our house and in particular funny ones. In our latest review, we tick all the fun fact boxes with How Poo Can Save The World, and other cool fuels to power our planet by John Townsend and illustrated (by the aptly named) Steve Brown!
If you want a book that will captivate your children, (in particular in our house, our youngest boy, who typically finds the word “poo” hilarious in any situation) then this is the book for you. We have had our fair share of reluctant reading and I often find the best way around this is to think outside the box when it comes to books. Factbooks or books with small snippets of information have always been a saviour in our family. This is why books like How Poo Can Save The World published by Welbeck Publishing could also help to ignite a love of reading too.
Find out more about what we thought in our latest book review here.
What we thought of How Poo Can Save The World
Well, what can I say! Of course, this book was an instant hit. Filled with puns and lots of interesting and historical information about poo. It’s often gross but at the same time, it’s captivating, especially in a “wow” sort of way for youngsters, who just love to talk about poo. My two boys were enthralled with this book and thoroughly enjoyed finding out some disgusting facts from around the world and through a variety of eras.
The book also goes through from poo to talk about how it can also be used as a fuel. It touches on greenhouse gases, ways in which to heat your home, sewage and how it’s disposed, and moves onto the topic of wee! It also discusses other types of fuels that can be used that will help to create a cleaner planet. The book touches on these topics without preaching about them and provides children with information to give them a broader understanding of some very current topics of thought.
What we liked about the book is the way in which you can flick from page to page and read which bits you like in almost any order. This makes the book appealing to children that struggle to captivate their attention for a long period of time and really works for my children. Novels just don’t cut it and my three particularly enjoy being able to di in and out of books when they want. It’s especially good for reading in the car too, on a long journey or if you need to take some entertainment to a family meal out (or maybe not to read whilst eating! HA!).
How Poo Can Save The World is broken into easy to read paragraphs with facts that are simple for young minds to understand. It’s an ideal introduction to science and geographical based learning for children. Its also filled with illustrations that are fun to look at too. The book was a triumph in our house and will be well-read. I am sure I will be constantly reminded how much poo we produce in a day and then also in a lifetime, along with all the other facts that they will continue to discover in this fascinating book.
Where can you get your copy of How Poo Can Save The World?
You can get your copy here from Amazon.
How much is the Book?
It’s currently priced at £5.39
About the Book
About the Author and Illustrator
John Townsend in a past life was a secondary school teacher and then went on to be a playwright and storyteller in primary schools. After a few years, he became a full-time writer. He has a keen interest in the outdoors, which led to his interest in geography and science and his skills as a teacher has allowed him to create the perfect books for children.
As well as children’s factbooks he has also written several books aimed at adults and a few children’s short stories. As a child, Townsend was a lover of books that had short amounts of information to read, and was often told to look at other books, as why would you not want to read a “proper” book, this is what has encouraged him to create some of the books he has written over the years, which are popular with many a reluctant reader!
His latest book has been illustrated by Steve Brown, who is a well-accomplished illustrator. He lives in Kent and has worked with numerous publishers over the years both in the United Kingdom and America. Some of his publishing accreditation is with some recognisable houses, such as Franklin, Welbeck, Scholastic, and HarperCollins amongst just some.
Review by : Lex Ward
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* We were sent the book in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own.