Pinwheel Books: Writing All About Poop
One of the nicest things about being a part of PoopReport is that I get to talk to people from all over the world who realize that everyone poops, and that there is humor to be found in this fact. Better, we can trust that these people will raise poopers who also find humor in poop, and through this new generation of little turds we will achieve greater poop solidarity.
I especially love when kids' books address pooping. When I was young, which was about a million years ago, there were no books on pooping. Today kids are lucky, because our body's grossest outputs--boogers, snot, poop, pee, and what these wonderful concoctions are made of--are now addressed frequently, and with an ever-increasing casualness. My kids grew up on Captain Underpants, for example. When I finally was able to sit down with my oldest child (who we call Thing One here on PR) and read one of Captain Underpants' adventures, I was elated, for the book publishers of this country had finally caught on; there was a market of budding Poopreporters who had allowance money, and they might have grown tired of reading Goosebumps.
In recent years another group has latched onto this rising starfish in children's literature. Sylvia Westphal, who has five growing poopers of her own, is a scientist-turned-book publisher, and together with illustrator Nicole Gsell represents the awesomeness behind Pinwheel Books, a children's book company. This September Pinwheel is set to release a new children's book, All About Poop. Written by Kate Hayes and illustrated by Brenna Vaughan, this latest literary weapon in the war against shameless pooping describes how poop is made and where it goes after it leaves our bodies, from a child's stomach to the local sewage plant. The main character in the book also asks his dog a rather important question: "Boy, I'm glad poop's got somewhere to go." [points at stomach] "I wouldn't like to keep it in here, you know?" No, you wouldn't... You might end up writing us about your terrible constipation in ten years if you do.
You can learn more from Sylvia and Nicole about Pinwheel's latest book in this video, which features the author, illustrator, publishers, and a preview of the book itself:
Pinwheel Books also has a Facebook page. If you are so inclined, send them a "Like." I have said it before, and I will say it again: These are our people. They realize that everyone poops, and that there should be no taboo against kids learning about how it is formed and where it goes. They deserve our support. If you are raising a little pooper, or are an aunt or uncle to one, this book comes out in September. What a fun holiday present this would make!