Gross Universe by Jeff Szpirglas
Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun

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An eye-opening, stomach-turning look at the world around us.

Gross Universe reveals the science behind all the disgusting things that kids love to talk about. From mucus to vomit, from farts to phlegm, nothing is off limits. It's not always pretty, but it is fascinating. Find out why we need scabs, how saliva keeps our teeth clean, and why pus is a "Perfectly Understandable Secretion."

With his wicked sense of humor, Szpirglas delves into the topics that kids find irresistibly revolting: Games you should never play, such as Komodo Dragon Spin-the-Bottle Fun activities, such as the Dandruff Landing Pad Scientist A and Scientist B, who help break down scientific facts for young readers

Topics covered include: Sickening skin The hideous healing process Spectacular stenches Things that ooze Open up and say...Eugh! Foul fossils and putrid prehistory What a gas! Mad about mucus V is for vomit

Gross Universe will keep young audiences laughing and learning as they uncover the science behind some of life's more odious occurrences.


About Jeff Szpirglas

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Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge live together in Toronto and teach in classrooms with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Jeff has written several books, including Gross Universe and Fear This Book, as well as scripts for radio and television. He likes to make Danielle watch scary movies with him. Danielle has a master's degree in social anthropology and is a crusader for equity in the classroom. Whenever Jeff makes her watch a scary movie, she usually makes Jeff watch one about people in love afterward.
Published March 6, 2004 by Maple Tree Press. 64 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math.

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Szpirglas, who describes himself as “Just a guy who happens to think weird animals and gross facts are cool,” lists 38 researchers and experts consulted in an impressive concluding page of “Amazingly Awesome Acknowledgments.” (Nonfiction.

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