A Giant Dose of Gross: Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!

A Giant Dose of Gross: Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!

A Giant Dose of Gross: Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!
Andy Seed

QED Publishing

ISBN 9780711243507

Nature's most disgusting creatures take centre stage, in this humorous but enlightening collection of downright disgusting creatures. From puking vultures and farting goats to stinky opossums who pretend to be dead, this title will include disgusting facts exploring each animal's unusual skills and how they use them to survive. Humorous illustrations celebrating weird and wonderful creatures will delight any child with an interest in animals and nature, particularly those with a fondness for the grosser things in life.

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A Giant Dose of Gross: Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!5/5

A Giant Dose of Gross: Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!

Andy Seed

Review

Having made the mistake of handing this book and its partner in crime, The Clue is in the Poo, over to my small class of Year 4 boys before I had reviewed them, I can say without hesitation that they will be a big hit in any school library or class book corner!

I guess the clue is in the title; A Giant Dose of Gross is bound to be a hook for most young readers. Short, easily readable, informative passages allow young readers, who may not quite have the reading stamina necessary for lengthy reading or research, to peruse and choose the bits that inspire. Or gross them out the most!

Catchy page titles such as: Ugly! Animals that look gross, or Stinky! Animals that pong, accompanied by eye-catching illustrations with speech bubble captions, are just the thing to keep even the most reluctant young reader turning the pages. Although don't expect it to be a quiet read; each page turn is routinely followed by an exclamation or 'eurrgh' of some sort. My class were completely grossed out by the idea of a tapeworm being inside them, we even managed to link it to our maths work on measurement!

Not for the faint-hearted, this book is quite stomach-turning in places. However, young or old, its reader cannot help but be sucked in by some of the awful things that we share planet Earth with, particularly when they realise that some of them may not be too far away either!

64 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Sam Phillips, teacher

Reviewed by: Sam Phillips


A Giant Dose of Gross: Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!4/5

A Giant Dose of Gross: Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!

Andy Seed

Review

I try to actively encourage children in my class to read non-fiction texts as well as fiction and like to have them readily available in my classroom. This and 'The Clue is in the Poo' are great texts for pupils to be able to dip in and out of as and when they can. My class love being able to pick up facts or snippets of information they can then pass on and share with others, and these books give them the opportunity to pick up such facts and then share them with others.

From a science leads perspective, I think these books do a great job at sparking children's interest and encouraging their curiosity in the world around them. The set-up of the book actively encourages them to ask questions of their own. I think it is particularly important in today's world for pupils to have an interest in the natural world as so much of it is at threat. It is a perfect book for those interested in nature, especially the more dirty aspects; and what child doesn't love poo at some point?

This book could be used by pupils to generate and answer questions for themselves in pupil-led enquiry. There are clear links to the science curriculum, including the identification and classification of animals, strong links also to digestion and habitats. Further links could be made to geography and the environmental requirements of plants and animals as well as the changes these plants and animals face.

This book could also be used as stimuli for outdoor learning and forest school activities where pupils could track and identify animals within their locality, under supervision of course. This and The Clue is in the Poo are most appropriate for KS2 pupils (7-11).

64 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Sarah Lynham, teacher

Reviewed by: Sarah Lynham