Everyone Poops (Also known as Everybody Poops) Book Review


Everyone Poops/Everybody Poops

Everyone Poops  book is the title of the English translation of Minna Unchi, a Japanese children’s book written and illustrated by the prolific Japanese children’s author Tarō Gomi and originally published in Japan in1977. The book was translated into English by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. Everybody Poops is just about that – it tells children that all animals defecate, and it’s a natural process which is a part of  all living things’ daily lives. The book Everybody Poops has also been translated into other languages, such as Spanish and Thai. The book is a part of the My Body Science Series.

Everybody Poops Book Plot

Since Everybody Poops is essentially a potty book, it’s basically plot-less. The first few pages contain various examples of different animals’  excrement, such as “An elephant makes a big poop, mouse makes a tiny poop” which also brings out the concept of opposites. There are also different comparisons of various species’ assorted sizes and shapes of poop and prompting questions such as “What does whale poop look like?”

Later on, the concept of using the bathroom by humans is introduced, and we see a little boy dressed a red shirt and black overalls running into a bathroom. Everybody Poops then goes on to explain how people of all ages need to use the bathroom, including adults and even very young children, but the babies need to use diapers.  Towards the end the children are shown how the little boy uses the toilet paper and flushes the toilet. The final section of the book explains that using the bathroom is a natural outcome of eating and digesting our food, and is a part of the universal process of the proper functioning of organisms in humans and animals.

Everyone Poops Reviews

The book Everyone Poops has received mixed reviews from the children’s literature experts. It can be attributed in part to the fact that many critics seemed to forget that Everyone Poops is actually just a potty book and as such, can’t be expected to deliver according to high literary expectations. Some have referred to Gomi’s book as  ” part biology textbook, part sociological treatise and all celebration of a very natural process.”  That is a very flattering description, though the book can be quite fascinating to young children and is written in a simple, straightforward style with a touch of light  humor.

Although it is true, that many kids, particularly those of going through the potty training stage, can find  riveting, but not many parents will enjoy reading the book every night at bedtime. Some adults have voiced the objection that the book encourages the children to talk about bathroom matters too much and often at inappropriate times. Since the book discusses everything and anything about poop- that “birds do it, bees do it, kids with bended knees do it”, children who listen to the book tend to repeat the fascinating facts they learned from it and share their newly acquired knowledge at any opportune (or inopportune) moment. The illustrations also can not be described as discreet, and leave nothing to the imagination . Some parents, however, have praised Gomi’s book as having no preachy overtones and merely explaining defecation as a natural process. Some children need to hear, they claim that there is nothing to be ashamed of about going to the bathroom, and it helps with the process of potty training.

Everybody Poops Illustrations

Tarō Gomi’s illustrations in Everybody Poops may not be considered his best work, but are nonetheless colorful and eye-catching. He added just enough details for the kids to identify the type of  poop  each animal species produces, with its distinctive size, shape and color.  The simplicity of illustrations seems to be particularly appealing to very young children.

Potty Training

Since the process of toilet training of young children can be particularly stressful and frustrating to many parents, it is important realise that the magic word for success is PATIENCE. Many experts identify the problems with appear in this process as stemming from the issues of control – the child wants to have full control of his own body and the parent wishes to control the child’s behavior. According to all opinions, the more patience and positive attitude the parents exibit, the less problems they are likely to encounter during the training process. Using potty books such as Everyone Poops may be one of the effective ways to create a more pleasant atmosphere and make  potty training a more pleasant experience for all involved.

If you think Everyone Poops is the right kind of book for you and your child, here is an Amazon.com link where you can purchase your own copy: http://www.amazon.com/Everyone-Poops-My-Body-Science/dp/0916291456.

Everybody Poops may not become your favorite bedtime reading with your children, and it is not a book appropriate for every child or every household, but it can be fascinating to some young children who want to know about various bodily functions or are going through potty training.

Everyone Poops (My Body Science Series)

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