Poop Happened! by Sarah Albee
A History of the World from the Bottom Up

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Did lead pipes
cause the fall of the Roman Empire?

How many toilets were in the
average Egyptian pyramid?

How did a knight wearing fifty
pounds of armor go to the

Was poor hygiene the
last straw
before the French Revolution?

Thomas Crapper really invent
the modern toilet?

How do
astronauts go
in space?

History finally comes out of the
water-closet in
this exploration of how people's need to relieve themselves shaped
development from ancient times to the present. Throughout time, the
successful civilizations were the ones who realized that
everyone poops, and they
had better figure out how to get rid of it! From the world's first
flushing toilet
invented by ancient Minoan plumbers to castle moats in the middle ages
used more than just water to repel enemies, Sarah Albee traces human
civilization using one revolting yet fascinating theme.

A blend of historical photos and humorous illustrations
bring the answers to these questions and more to life, plus extra-gross
sidebar information adds to the potty humor. This is bathroom reading
kids, teachers,
librarians, and parents won't be able to put down!


About Sarah Albee

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SARAH ALBEE has written over a hundred children's books, three of which have been New York Times bestsellers. She has worked as a newspaper cartoonist and as an editor for Children's Television Workshop. She lives in Watertown, Connecticut, with her husband and three children.www.sarahalbeebooks.com ROBERT LEIGHTON is the illustrator of Walker's bestselling book What's Going on Down There? He is also a frequent cartoon contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Published May 11, 2010 by Walker Childrens. 176 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books.

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Her penchant for punny chapter titles such as “The Origin of Feces” and “The Age of Shovelry” will elicit groans from adults but will resonate with kids (when they do not go over their heads).

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With candid humor, this book spotlights an important aspect of history, discussing human waste, from prehistoric times to the present.

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Young readers will enjoy humorous chapter headings, such as The Origin of Feces and The Reeking Renaissance.

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