A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You
A Laugh-Out- Loud Guide to Life on Earth
written by Mike Garfield and illustrated by Jess Bradley
We are unaware of much of daily life, as evidenced from A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You. This illustrated guide is an opportunity to delve into how we, animals and our planet, function every day. Furthermore its format, wherein a subject is explored thoroughly through a double page exposé, means that we might read and see how it works. For example, within the Human Body section, we meet an animated liver who explains its busy, overworked functioning. Thereafter, in the animal kingdom we join a kiwi for a day, seeing how it is the only bird ‘with nostrils right at the tip of its bill’. After this, we meet other flightless birds, comparing size, location and life history.
To focus upon three encompassing subjects, and thereafter to expand upon topics within each, is thorough and punchy. Furthermore, the animated, cartoon strip like information is accessible and essential. There is no unnecessary waffle, but facts we need and want to know. Within each subject, a topic is broken down so that we enter secret diaries of some subjects, e.g., White Blood Cells, Tornadoes or Slugs! Then there are bigger pictures, with more fulsome information, for example about the Sun or the Heart.
A Day in the Life of a Poo, the Gnu and You is a thorough, satisfying and wonderful book. It compels you to read on, draws you into fascinating asides and contemplations, and builds a deep appreciation of ourselves, the animal kingdom and our wonderful planet.
Best Book with Facts’ Winner Blue Peter Book Awards