The Truth About Poop


Goodman deserves a round of applause, and no raspberries, for demystifying a risky topic…a winning combination of scientific curiosity and amusement.  -Publishers Weekly (starred review)





We call poop a waste product, but it can also create bricks to build a house, fuel to power a trip to Mars, and a way to bleach your hair.  While we politely avoid the subject, amazing things are happening in digestive tracts all over the world!


  • 2015 Bluestem Book Award Nominee
  • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best
  • List 2005 “Pick of the Week” –-Time Out New York’s children’s website
  • Featured Title: Ingram Library Services–“every child is sure to be mesmerized”

It’s time to bring poop out of the (water) closet, and Goodman does just that in a book that is very readable, appropriately visual, and exceedingly encompassing…Kids will find all this marvelously gross, but along with the yuks, they’ll get plenty of information. -Booklist

Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops for the “Captain Underpants” set.  -School Library Journal

When teaching my 3rd-4th graders about all-about books, this book became our favorite model. It has all the characteristics of an all-about book: a catchy title that gets the reader interested while still informing them what the topic is; a title page, table of contents, chapters with titles, diagrams, illustrations and vocabulary words. My student’s loved the book and were very inspired by it. It challenged my students to be creative in their writing and thorough in their research. I think this book could be used for older students too. -J.R. Steiner,

My 5th Grade high achiever students absolutely loved this book- I have to always keep one eye on the book because it is in high demand. -Tanya Cherasard (Amazon review)                       

                                                                                           THE MEADOWBROOK SCHOOL IN WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS, VOTED THE TRUTH ABOUT POOP  “BEST NONFICTION OF 2005!”







There was a world before toilet paper and much of it was pretty uncomfortable.  Soon after the Pilgrims learned how to grow corn, they figured out what do do with the cobs.  Corncobs became the American wipe of choice for centuries.  Kids were taught to start with red ones, then use a white cob to see if they had to keep going.  OUCH!