A Discworld picture book. At six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, Sam Vimes must go home to read 'The World of Poo', with all the appropriate noises, to his little boy. A picturebook that picks up a story from 'Snuff!', the brand new Discworld novel.
Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987, he turned to writing full time.
There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal.
A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback - Harper Torch, 2006 - and trade paperback - Harper Paperbacks, 2006).
In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry published Snuff in October 2011.
Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.
In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.
Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.
The World of Poo (Discworld, #39.5), Terry Pratchett
The World of Poo is an illustrated children's book written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Peter Dennis.
It is based on the book featured in Pratchett's Discworld novel Snuff, in which Sam Vimes reads it to his now older son, replacing his previous favorite book, Where's My Cow?.
The book is presented as a replica of Young Sam's own copy of the book, including a dedication from the fictional author, Miss Felicity Beedle.
The book chronicles the adventures of Geoffrey, a young boy sent to stay with his grandmother in Ankh-Morpork.
After a bird defecates on his head and he is told it is lucky, he becomes obsessed with collecting samples of poo from various creatures in order to create a museum.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دهم ماه فوریه سال 2021میلادی
عنوان: دیسک ورلد (جهان صفحه) کتاب سی و نه و نیم: دنیای پو؛ نویسنده تری پرچت؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 20م
دیسک ورلد (جهان صفحه)، یک سری از کتابهای فانتزی هستند، که روانشاد «تری پرچت»، نویسنده ی «انگلیسی»، نگاشته اند؛ داستانهای این سری در جهانی با نام «دیسک ورلد (جهان صفحه)» میگذرند؛ که صفحه ای تخت است، و بر شانه های چهار فیل، با هیکلهای بزرگ، قرار دارد؛ این فیلها نیز، به نوبه ی خود، بر روی پشت یک لاکپشت غولآسا، با نام «آتوئین بزرگ» قرار دارند؛ در این سری از کتابها، بارها از سوژه های کتابهای نویسندگانی همچون «جی.آر.آر تالکین»، «رابرت هاوارد»، «اچ پی لاوکرافت» و «ویلیام شکسپیر» به گونه ای خنده دار، استفاده شده است؛
از سری «دیسک ورلد» بیشتر از هشتاد میلیون نسخه، در سی و هفت زبان، به فروش رفته است؛ این سری در برگیرنده ی بیش از چهل رمان (تاکنون چهل و یک رمان)، یازده داستان کوتاه، چهار کتاب علمی، و چندین کتاب مرجع، و مکمل است؛ از این سری، چندین رمان تصویری، بازی کامپیوتری، نمایش تئاتر، سریالهای تلویزیونی اقتباس شده است؛ روزنامه ی «ساندی تایمز» چاپ «انگلستان» از این سری به عنوان یکی از پرفروشترین سری کتابها نام برده، و «تری پرچت» را، به عنوان پرفروشترین نویسنده ی «انگلستان»، در دهه ی نود میلادی دانسته است؛
رمانهای «دیسکورلد» جوایز بسیاری از جمله جایزه «پرومتئوس»، و مدال ادبی «کارنگی» را، از آن خود کرده اند؛ در نظرسنجی «بیگ رید»، که «بیبیسی» در سال 2003میلادی، در «انگلستان» انجام داد، چهار رمان سری «دیسکورلد»؛ در فهرست یکصد کتاب برتر قرار گرفتند؛ همچنین مردمان «انگلیس»، در این نظرسنجی، چهارده رمان «دیسکورلد» را، در شمار دویست کتاب برتر، دانستند؛ تا کنون، از این سری، چهل و یک رمان، به چاپ رسیده است؛ «تری پرچت» که پیش از درگذشتش؛ در ابتدای سال 2015میلادی، از بیماری «آلزایمر» رنج میبردند، اعلام کردند که خوشحال میشوند که دخترشان، «ریانا پرچت»، به جای ایشان، به ادامه ی این سری بپردازند؛ تا جلد بیست و ششم رمان این سری، رمان «دزد زمان (2001میلادی)» به دست «جاش کربی»، به تصویر کشیده شده اند، اما نسخه های «آمریکایی»، که انتشارات «هارپرکالینز» آنها را، منتشر کرده، دارای تصاویر روی جلد متفاوتی هستند؛ پس از درگذشت «جاش کربی»، در سال 2001میلادی، نقاشیهای روی جلد کتابهای بعدی این سری، بدست «پائول کربی» کشیده شدند
کتابهای اول و دوم: «رنگ جادو»؛ کتاب سوم: «زنان جادوگر»؛ کتاب چهارم: «مرگ»؛ کتاب پنجم: «سورسری (برگردان فارسی جادوی مرجع)»؛ کتاب ششم: «خواهران ویرد»؛ کتاب هفتم: «هرم ها»؛ کتاب هشتم: «نگهبانان! نگهبانان»؛ کتاب نهم: «اریک»؛ کتاب دهم: «تصاویر متحرک»؛ کتاب یازدهم: «مرد دروگر»؛ کتاب دوازدهم: «جادوگران خارج»؛ کتاب سیزدهم: «ایزدان خرد (خدایان کوچک)»؛ کتاب چهاردهم: «لردها و بانوان»؛ کتاب پانزدهم: «مردان مسلح»؛ کتاب شانزدهم: «موسیقی روح»؛ کتاب هفدهم: «اوقات جالب»؛ کتاب هجدهم: «ماسکراد»؛ کتاب نوزدهم: «پاهای خشت (فیت آو کلی)»؛ کتاب بیستم: «هاگفادر»؛ کتاب بیست و یکم: «جینگو»؛ کتاب بیست و دوم: «آخرین قاره»؛ کتاب بیست و سوم: «کارپه جوگلوم»؛ کتاب بیست و چهارم: «فیل پنجم»؛ کتاب بیست و پنجم: «حقیقت»؛ کتاب بیست و ششم: «دزد زمان»؛ کتاب بیست و هفتم: «آخرین قهرمان»؛ کتاب بیست و هشتم: «ماوریس شگفتانگیز و موشهای آموزشدیدهاش»؛ کتاب بیست و نهم: «ساعت شب»؛ کتاب سی ام: «مردان آزاد وی»؛ کتاب سی و یکم: «هنگ بزرگ»؛ کتاب سی و دوم: «کلاهی پُر از آسمان»؛ کتاب سی و سوم: «گوینگ پوستال»؛ کتاب سی و چهارم: «تود!»؛ کتاب سی و پنجم: «وینتراسمیت»؛ کتاب سی و ششم: «بدست آوردن پول»؛ کتاب سی و هفتم: «دانشگاهیهای نادیدنی»؛ کتاب سی و هشتم: «نیمهشب بایست بپوشم»؛ کتاب سی و نهم: «اسنوف»؛ کتاب چهلم: «بالا آمدن مه»؛ کتاب چهل و یکم: «تاج چوپان»؛
تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 23/01/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
When young Geoffrey goes to Ankh Morpork to stay with his grandmother, he quickly develops a fascination with poo. Hilarity ensues.
The World of Poo started out as a book Sam Vimes was reading his son in Snuff. Smelling an opportunity, Old Pratch squeezed out this nugget before his final days. When it popped up on Netgalley, I had to pinch it.
The World of Poo is the tale of one young man's poo obsession, leading to him visiting various Ankh Morpork locales and collecting fragrant specimens for his poo museum. As well as being amusing, The World of Poo contains many interesting poo facts, the straight shit on feces, as it were.
In addition to real life poo, Geoffrey also collects specimens from gargoyles, dragons, and various other creatures. I think it would be a lot of fun to read to kids or any adult you know with a fixation on feces.
In conclusion, The World of Poo is not the slightest bit crappy. Four out of five stars.
I'm not a big Pratchett or Discworld fan. I vaguely remember reading a couple when they first came out but they're British humor which tends to miss my funny bone. Then there were so many that it was plain crazy & confusing. This is #39.5, I believe. Thankfully, it is short & stands well on its own. It was well narrated which made it a fun diversion, but most of all the blurb hit one of my (many) sore points - the big deal people make about poo.
Everything does it, but people make such a big, disgusting, secretive deal out of it. Ridiculous, but there you have it & Pratchett poking fun at the secrecy plus getting it into conversation had to be a good thing. It was & also vaguely amusing at times. The economics & usefulness were well done. Urine has been used throughout history for a number of things from tanning to washing hair.
(Peter Freuchen's account of his first dance with his soon-to-be wife in Arctic Adventure: My Life in the Frozen North had me laughing out loud. He was tall, the ceiling was low, & the woman he lusted after washed her hair to a gorgeous, lustrous shine in baby pee which made the slow dances tough since he had his face buried in her hair. She felt good, but the smell!)
Still, Pratchett could have done better. He didn't get much into what is really fascinating about poo even though the boy was collecting it. Scientists can tell a lot about an animal from its waste. As a farmer & a father, I've spent a lot of my life dealing with it & using it as an indicator of how an animal or baby is doing despite their inability to tell me in words. I know how well the spring grass is coming into the fields by the texture, color, & sloppiness of the horse poo. When my pony colicked, I rejoiced when he delivered a steaming pile & knew that he was better. We look at the dogs' to see if they have worms or why they aren't eating & often find the answer by feathers or something else that shows they're scrounging snacks. We used to examine the kids' diapers to see how they were handling the change in diet as they grew.
Anyway, I applaud his effort to bring the subject out of the closet.
A scatological pearl from Ankh Morpork, stemming from Young Sam Vimes' infatuation with all things faecal (ref. Snuff). The protagonist, a young boy urbanned out to his granny during the birth of his sister, finds his interest in poo is aroused when a passing bird dumps on his head. With the exception of his maid, his interest is nurtured and encouraged by all concerned. His highly placed and well connected granny arranges trips to the Dragon Sanctuary, the Patrician's menagerie and, eventually, a day out with the King of the Golden River. He learns about the gastro-enterology of the gargoyle in a practical fashion.
Not detailed enough to be considered a veterinary text book, this can only be seen as a light hearted attempt to depict the class struggle, of the enthusiastic amateur infringing on the rights and practices of the working person, the thoughtlessness of privilege, literally and metaphorically, defecating on the proletariat. What is considered the harmless peccadillo of a moneyed child actively deprives the worker of bread or, at least, its end product. If this situation is allowed to continue the hard pressed, huddled masses of Ankh Morpork will rise and take positive action to prevent the situation continuing. Ironically, we can only hope that the arrival of yet another child with a silver spoon in its mouth prevents a further deterioration in this crossing of clearly negotiated lines of demarcation. OUT, BROTHERS and SISTERS, OUT; FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS, after appropriate and transparent balloting of all members of the union in keeping with Ankh Morpork law, overseen by those excellent solicitors Morecombe, Slant and Honeycase.
I am so sorry, I am not quite sure who wrote that last paragraph. The story is delightful, the illustrations excellent and the footnotes are as much fun as the main narrative. If Harry King is the King of the Golden River, Terry Pratchett is the King of the Golden Spin-off.
Disclaimer: ARC for the American Edition via Netgalley.
This is a book about poop (or poo) or whatever other term you wish to use to describe what ends up after we digest things. Some people call it other things (I’m looking at you Count Dookie, sorry, Count Dooku).
This is a book about poo for children so at no point is the s word used (in case you were wondering).
If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett and have kept up with the Discworld books, you will know that the World of Poo by Miss Biddle is a favorite book of young Sam Vimes, the son of the elder Sam Vimes and Lady Sybil.
This means, for those of you who don’t know, that World of Poo is like the books that Rowling put out that were used by the students in her Potter books. Or, if you prefer PBS, it’s like a cook on Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs putting out a cookbook.
If you are not familiar with Pratchett, Harry Potter, Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs, I don’t think I want to talk to you. No offense.
Whoever designed this book with Pratchett, or if it was Pratchett himself deserves - I don’t know what. Something. The design is impressive because it even has signed message for Sam Vimes from Biddle as well as a list of other works by Biddle. All the titles are rather well . . . one book is called the Wee Wee Men for crying out loud. The illustrations are quite lovely as well.
The story is about Geoffrey who discovers that he is quite interested in poo and wants to start a Museum of Poo. He then goes around collecting poo from all sorts of things. That’s the basic plot.
But since this Pratchett, you know that the book is far more than that. Pratchett was the man who took a story about a god being a turtle and turned into a wonderful look at tolerance. Pratchett takes a werewolf and dwarf and deals with racism and other isms. He doesn’t do sparkly vampire stalker tales.
And so packed into this book is an elephant patty’s worth of information about the history of waste disposable. While Geoffrey gets poo from swamp dragons, the facts about poo (like night soil) are real world. It’s a sly, gross, jokey way to actually teach about history and science.
Seriously, every science classroom should have this book.
And, more importantly, beside a book about poo and history of its uses and disposal (as well as all sorts information about different species’ poos), it is also a book about supporting a desire to learn. While his grandmother is not overly thrilled at Geoffrey’s interest in poo, she does support it. The most moving (and it is moving) aspect of the story is how the adults respond to Geoffrey. They think he is crazy, but since he is willing to learn, since he is in the quest of knowledge, they support him. They don’t suggest he play football instead. They don’t try to interest him in tea. They actually arrange to further his knowledge.
That is so awesome.
If you have never read Pratchett before, this book will give a taste of his style. Because the critics are right – Pratchett writes for everyone. The only difference between a “child’s” Pratchett book and an adult one is the age of the protagonist. The book takes place in the Discworld, but you don’t need to know anything about the Disc to follow the story (you might miss one or two inside jokes, but that’s it). This book illustrates Pratchett (or Biddle’s) depth of knowledge as well as his humanist spirit. It’s about time it was available in the U.S.
This was definitely one of the stranger things I’ve read in recent years. The World of Poo is a Discworld-based children’s book that is referenced quite a bit in the previous Discworld book I just finished, Snuff. The main character, Geoffrey, develops a fascination with poo and starts collecting samples from various creatures he encounters, some of which are fictional Discworld creatures.
The Amazon product page lists it as being geared toward ages 8 through 12. 12 seems a little old to me, but I guess 8 sounds about right in terms of the simplicity of the story and language. On the other hand, there are a few snide comments aimed more at adults that seem likely to raise some questions. I’m also not sure the average younger child would fully appreciate the Discworld setting and be able to confidently sort through the mish-mash of real and fake facts, unless they’ve read some of the novels.
Anyway, it was a cute and very quick read, and it was a fun little tie-in to the main books. I may even have learned a thing or two from it, although I don’t expect those things to have any major impact on my life...
Младият Джефри е на гости в големия град. И му трябва хоби, за да уплътни времето си. А какво може да е по-забавно и момчешко от колекциониране на екскременти. Всякакви. Книгата е пътеводител из необятните дебри на Акото. П.С. Не пропускайте бележките под линия, те са най - образователни.
Посмях си се от душа и сърце. Несъмнено книга на Пратчет. А като малкият Джефри кръсти кучето си Пишльо дъъъълго се смях, чак докато стигнах до името Чарлс Нужник. :D Но не само имената са смешни, едва ли не всичко в света на акото може да накара човек да се засмее, навярно защото всеки го прави, но не говори за него, поне не и по такъв уникален начин.
Брилянтна книга! Накара ме да се хиля с глас... Нищо, че някои пишман-моралисти се мръщят на клозетния хумор - в крайна сметка това си остава една от първосигналните шеги на човечеството и немалко хора са успели да монетаризират любовта на народа към тоалетните шегички. Пратчет и жена му тук са в стихията си - особено що се отнася до бележките под линия: там вече е висш пилотаж. С нетърпение очаквам останалите книги от серията и я препоръчвам на всички, които не се мръщят с пуританска лиготия, когато работата опре до бъзици с кенеф. А всъщност я препоръчвам и на тях - кой знае, може бастуните от задниците им съвсем случайно да изчезнат :)
In Snuff, Young Sam Vines had moved on from Where’s My Cow? and his new favourite book was The World of Poo. Because Sir Terry Pratchett his awesome, once again he has brought Sam’s fictional book to life in a charming story all about poo!
I’m not sure the plot really matters. Geoffrey is staying with his Grandmother in Ankh-Morpork and he starts up a poo museum in the garden shed after he’s told that being pooed on by a bird is good luck. The story follows his adventures round the city as he collects different types of poo and even visits Sir Harry King, master of all things poo.
I can see this being a huge hit with small children even if parents might want to deter poo collecting as a hobby. Geoffrey is encouraged to wash his hands a lot so there is a positive message in there too. The line drawings by Peter Dennis are charming and add a little extra to the story; I especially liked the ones illustrating his trip to the zoo. And in true Pratchett style, there are plenty of footnotes to keep the adults entertained (though personally, I thought the whole thing was amusing).
There’s a lot of moaning on Amazon about the formatting on the Kindle edition. I can see how it might have been difficult with the illustrations and footnotes but there’s a bit of me that thinks this book deserves to by a physical thing. The hardback has a lovely feel to it and at the very least, it’s an interesting conversation point for visitors to your home.
A story about a young boy with an interest in poo. As an accompaniment to Snuff it's quite a fun little book but I'm not quite sure who it's written for with both the young and the old being short changed in an attempt to cover all the bases. I personally found it too basic, actually hoping for more detail into the world of poo - we find out it's used in tanning but not how. I want to know!
Generally it's amusing rather than funny though kids should enjoy it. The footnotes we all love are present and correct (and usually the funniest parts) and it's nice to spend some time exploring Ankh-Morpork (another reviewer mentioned reading it with the map side by side and that sounds like a great/geeky idea). Simplicity aside, as a big Discworld fan it's pretty much essential. The design of the book really does appeal - a fantastic small hardback with cloth bound feel, marbled end pages and lovely inked illustrations throughout, evoking books of old. Wonderful.
Probably most amusing was chatting with the lady in the book shop who said to me, 'oh, I had a flick through that and it looks fun - have you seen the names of some of the other titles? She's written so many but I've not heard of her before...'. Ha ha. I didn't have the heart to tell her.
Fun for the fans and those with kids. Now I need to go and find a book about the use of poo in industry.
"И не забравяйте, че е хубаво да си измиете ръцете".
Само сър Тери Пратчет може да напише книга, която да е пълна с ако и да бъде толкова смешна. Книжка, която те кара да се смееш неудържимо на всяка страница, но освен това и да се замислиш, за нещата, които не си се сещал като дете. Определено е поучителна и за възрастни, и за деца, макар че е пълна с... ако... Тук Пратчет е в стихията си - особено що се отнася до бележките под линия: уникални са!
Kupa jaka jest, każdy widzi (choć niektórzy udają, że nie widzą). Zaprzestańmy ignorancji, zbierajmy kupy! Taka refleksja po tym, jak pewien właściciel psa nie posprzątał po nim, a tenże zasrał dwie ulice akurat na mojej trasie, którą codziennie odprowadzam grupkę dzieci do szkół. https://lolantaczyta.wordpress.com/20...
I found this one dull, I wasn't interested in all the poo and the humor didn't work with me. On another hand, I enjoyed to see some of the Discworld characters and it was fun to discover some new animals. Because of the Discworld background, I'm not sure who is the target of this book. It seemed aimed at kids, but with all the creatures, having a fantasy knowledge seemed necessary. As a story for adults, people interested in poo would probably enjoy this, but it wasn't the case for me. The art was pleasant to look at and worked well with the story.
Това е една от най-очарователно гнусните истории, които съм чувала xD xD Не за хора с гнусливи сърца! Въпреки че смърдящата тема в Азия има много почитатели, особено ако се доверяваме на голяма част от корейските и японските филми, на запад е почти табу. Но пък какъв ти запад, след като всъщност се намираме в Анкх-Морпорк?! За такива хора като милионерите в "Светът на акото"... парите не миришат xD Уникално изтрещяване...
A Discworld short story about poo, a young man that finds it fascinating and all the good and bad that can be accomplished with it, with the Discworld twists, of course. Not great for me, but I could see it being quite good for a very young person learning to not be grossed out by nature, and how well nature recycles things.
A charming story about Jeffrey who gets sent to live with Grandmama in Ankh Morpork while his mother has a baby. While at Grandmama's Jeffrey becomes interested in begins a collection of poo, intending to create the world's most comprehensive poo museum. The adults are all matter-of-factly onboard with this undertaking and help facilitate Jeffrey's collecting. Lots of great jokes told as only Practchett can tell a story.
It’s a big wide world out there, a world filled with wonder and magic and…poo.
That’s the conceit behind “The World of Poo”, a book whose impressive full title reads something like “Terry Pratchett Presents: Miss Felicity Beadle’s The World of Poo – a Discworld Delight for Readers of All Ages.” An impressive title – and an accurate one; an ostensible children’s book this simultaneously sweet and oddly subversive could only come courtesy of the late Sir Terry Pratchett.
“The World of Poo” made its first appearance in Pratchett’s 2011 Discworld novel “Snuff” as a new book for Commander Sam Vimes to read to his young son. It’s addressed briefly, but never fully explored. Of course, with a title like “The World of Poo,” it was likely only a matter of time before Pratchett gave us the real thing.
Young Geoffrey has been sent off on an adventure. His mother is having “great expectations,” and so it was determined that he should head off and spend some time with his grandmother in the big city of Ankh-Morpork. As a curious young man, Geoffrey is struck by the many wonderful sights and sounds of city life, but what he finds most interesting is … the smells.
Specifically – poo.
Geoffrey, struck with that devoted mania of which only young boys of a certain age are capable, becomes fascinated with poo. From the moment that a pigeon poops on his head in the backyard, he is determined to collect samples of poo from every possible animal. Every beast from the mundane (mice, dogs, horses) to the exotic (hippopotami, lions) to the magical (gargoyles, dragons) is subject to Geoffrey’s burgeoning obsession. His plan? Build the world’s very first Museum of Poo.
Luckily for him, his grandmother is both an understanding woman and a particularly well-connected one, allowing Geoffrey access to veritable cornucopias of poo – places such as the Patrician’s menagerie and the Royal College of Heralds. He also gets to meet such luminaries as Sir Harry King, the man known as “King of the Golden River” and in charge of waste disposal for the entire city.
All the while, Geoffrey wanders through Ankh-Morpork, making new friends, having new experiences and always seeking out new and exciting kinds of poo.
One of the reasons that Pratchett is so beloved is his ability to create richly detailed worlds. “The World of Poo” was essentially a throwaway joke in “Snuff,” and yet Pratchett managed to extrapolate that brief bit into something fully formed and – frankly – awfully funny. It is Pratchett all the way down, too, with plenty of winks and nods to various other Discworld properties and even a handful of his usual footnotes.
As for readers of all ages, that is absolutely accurate. Granted, there’s a lot of nuance that one could only pick up if one was familiar with Discworld, what with the sly references and central roles for a couple of Discworld’s tertiary characters. However, while those details will enhance the enjoyment of the more experienced, younger readers will find plenty to delight them. It’s a sweet story about a curious little boy who is fascinated by poo – no doubt there are more than a few kids just like Geoffrey out there in the wide world. Poo is hilarious and no one understands that better than little boys.
“The World of Poo” is a delight, working on multiple levels to engage and entertain young and old alike. It lets the sentimental side of Discworld shine in a way that we don’t always see. It embraces the magic of that world and reflects it through the eyes of a child. For fans of Discworld past, present and future, this will make for an outstanding reading experience.
I knew I'd like this book, just because Pratchett wrote it. I didn't expect to find it charming and amusing.
The premise is that it's a book Sam Vimes reads to his son, Young Sam. It's about a Geoffrey, who goes to stay with his Grandmama when his mother gives birth to his baby sister. While there, he develops his fascination with poo, and starts his own poo museum. Grandmama is a great deal more understanding than you'd expect. She takes him several places to indulge his hobby, and even lets him spend the day with Harry King, the excrement king of Ankh-Morpork.
It's funny, and sweet (really) and would be fun to read to the right group of youngsters.
1-12-20 It holds up well rereading, and still makes me laugh.
Another example of Terry Pratchett's boundless creativity. Full of casually mentioned creatures like, oh, the hermit elephant. Kind of like a hermit crab, but it's an elephant. Short and fun to read and a good message for kids to pursue what they're interested in, not to mention the underlying "everyone poops" message. And I really like that everyone in this book except Lily the maid (who is excused because she had eleven younger brothers) is nice and helpful to our hero, Geoffrey. Not a villain in sight.
The World of Poo was first mentioned (fictitiously) in Snuff (Discworld #39) -it's Commander Sam Vimes' son's favorite book- and now it has been turned into a reality.
I enjoyed the illustrations (kudos Peter Dennis) and I love the real facts about poo that are worked into the story and footnotes. I think those facts made me laugh more than the bathroom humor (I'm also very glad that I'm not Pratchett's research assistant)!
Geoffrey goes on an adventure and discovers the world of poo. With great (tasteful!) illustrations and the footnotes we've all come to expect and love... a fun read for anyone who still has leanings towards strange puns and wants to learn some actual facts. Hint: gargoyle poo is much more rare than the book suggests :)
Delightfully silly (but taking itself quite seriously as a work of children's literature). A full extra star for the quality of the design, from the old-fashioned line drawings to the....evocative...endpapers.
Everyone poops! I've never been one to be shy about what goes on in the bathroom, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. If a book about a kid who collects poo can be cute than this book is it. It was a short and sweet enjoyable little tale and I liked it.