Children’s Book Review: How Poo Can Save The World by John Townsend*

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Children’s Book Review: How Poo Can Save The World by John Townsend

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.

Children’s Book Review: How Poo Can Save The World by John Townsend

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.

Children’s Book Review: How Poo Can Save The World by John Townsend

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

Children’s Book Review: How Poo Can Save The World by John Townsend

About the Book

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Welbeck Children’s Books (31 Mar. 2022)
Number of pages : ‎ 128 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1783128372
Age Range : 8 and upwards
Author : John Townsend
Illustrator : Steve Brown
Children’s Book Review: How Poo Can Save The World by John Townsend

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.

 

Children’s Book Review: How Poo Can Save The World by John Townsend

Review by : Lex Ward

 

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* We were sent the book in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own.

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24 comments

Joyce K. May 3, 2022 - 10:36 pm

Not only is this such an adorable idea for a book, but definitely informational. A must read for children.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:33 am

A must read indeed if you ask me

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Indu May 4, 2022 - 8:55 am

Interesting title. You have given a positive review after going through the content. Children will surely like this book.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:33 am

Yes mine love the book

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Art Activism May 4, 2022 - 12:15 pm

It seems a very interesting book, I often get the kids books from our local library, I will check this one.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:32 am

Hope you do find this at your local library

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Melanie williams May 4, 2022 - 12:43 pm

Haha love the title of the book, how much fun! That said I like how educational this is and the ‘poo’ cushions is fun and would make a great gift along with the book x

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:32 am

The perfect gift for little ones indeed

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Phoebe May 4, 2022 - 12:56 pm

Oh my boys would have LOVED this when they were younger (probably still would now as teens and young adults tbh)! What a fun and interesting book.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:31 am

Hahaha so glad to hear that, a fun book indeed

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Talya Stone May 4, 2022 - 1:27 pm

Love this! My daughter is obsessed so would love this! But also great message too. I will show this to her when she gets back from school.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:30 am

Hope you do, maybe a gift for her as well

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Natasha Mairs May 4, 2022 - 3:19 pm

My youngest son would absolutely love this book. Anything that mentions poo, he thinks is hilarious

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:30 am

Hahaha yes so true

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Carleen May 4, 2022 - 3:24 pm

This is a perfect topic for a book! I love it and I can see how kids would completely love it too.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:30 am

So glad you can see it as well, kids think so differently to adults and their imagination goes wild

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Rhian Westbury May 4, 2022 - 4:30 pm

Sometimes you need a bit of toilet humour. Sounds like a great book for kids x

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:28 am

It is such fun reading it and kids enjoy it too

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Risa Lopez May 4, 2022 - 5:25 pm

I think my nieces and nephews will love this book. I will definitely check this out.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:28 am

Hope you do

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Tammy May 4, 2022 - 5:28 pm

Oh my gosh lol this is hilarious xD I’m sure a lot of little ones would enjoy the humor and the plushie! Too cute.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:28 am

Hahaha mine love reading the book

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Jupiter Hadley May 9, 2022 - 8:53 am

Oh my god this is so funny! I love seeing books aimed at younger boys, they always sound so curiously strange.

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yeahlifestyle May 10, 2022 - 11:19 am

I agree, especially my son who loves all thing ‘poo’ LOL

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