Staff Picks

Gross-out Reads!

Fun fiction and nonfiction books for kids about bugs, body parts and other gross stuff.

Children's Services Staff

Nonfiction

100% Pure Fake     100% Pure Fake    
Lyn Thomas
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 793.8 Tho)

Presents instructions for creating twenty-five realistic recreations for practical jokes, including shrunken heads, fake feces, attachable blisters, and broken glass.

Animal Grossology: The Science of Creatures Gross and Disgusting     Animal Grossology: The Science of Creatures Gross and Disgusting    
Sylvia Branzei
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 591.5 Br)
Grossology series

Animal Grossology takes advantage of kids' fascination with the gross to teach them about the animal world-or at least those members of it that can be categorized as "vomit munchers," "blood slurpers," "slime makers," and "dookie lovers." Part of the Grossology series.

Beastly Rhymes to Read After Dark     Beastly Rhymes to Read After Dark    
Judy Sierra
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 811.54 Sie)

In the macabre spirit of the Halloween season, funny rhymes range from "Parasite Lost" to "Leap Halloween," and are illustrated with gruesome graphics.

Body Bugs: Uninvited Guests on Your Body     Body Bugs: Uninvited Guests on Your Body    
Trevor Day
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 579 Day)

Describes microorganisms and insects that live on and in the human body including close-up views of blood-sucking, pooping lice and burrowing blood flukes. Book includes scientific and historical facts and figures about bacteria, parasites, and the diseases they cause.

Clot & Scab: Gross Stuff About Your Scrapes, Bumps, and Bruises     Clot & Scab: Gross Stuff About Your Scrapes, Bumps, and Bruises    
Kristi Lew
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 617.1 Lew)
Gross Body Science

Presents disgusting facts about wounds and bruises, how the body heals them, and how infection can take hold in injured areas. Part of the Gross Body Science series.

Flush!: The Scoop on Poop Throughout the Ages     Flush!: The Scoop on Poop Throughout the Ages    
Charise Harper
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 392.36 Har)

Enhanced with colorful illustrations, sidebars, and amusing poems, an informative picture book provides fun facts about bathroom-related issues throughout history.

Gee Whiz, It's All About Pee!     Gee Whiz, It's All About Pee!    
Susan Goodman
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 612.461 Go)

The sequel to The Truth About Poop presents an abundance of fascinating information on pee throughout history, in the animal kingdom, and in science.

Get the Scoop on Animal Poop: From Lions to Tapeworms, 251 Cool Facts About Scat, Frass, Dung, and More!     Get the Scoop on Animal Poop: From Lions to Tapeworms, 251 Cool Facts About Scat, Frass, Dung, and More!    
Dawn Cusick
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 590 Cus)

This gross yet cool title shows the many ways animals use their feces, including tricking their predators and prey, sending messages, feeding themselves and their babies, building homes, marking their territories and more.

Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun     Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun    
Jeff Szpirglas
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 573 Sz)

Gross and weird facts connected to the human body and other organisms.

Gross-out Jokes     Gross-out Jokes    
Pam Rosenberg
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 793.7 Gr)
Laughing Matters

Presents a collection of jokes and riddles about unpleasant things. Look for more Laughing Matters titles.

Grossology and You     Grossology and You    
Sylvia Branzei
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 612 Br)
Grossology series

Provides information in a not-so-serious manner about such topics as blood, eyeballs, brains, bruises, constipation, warts, rashes, and more. Part of the Grossology series.

Hawk & Drool: Gross Stuff in Your Mouth     Hawk & Drool: Gross Stuff in Your Mouth    
Sandra Donovan
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 612.313 Don)
Gross body science

Presents disgusting facts about the human mouth, how it works to aid in digestion, the organisms that live there, and ways to keep it clean and healthy.

How Loud Can You Burp?: More Extremely Important Questions (and Answers)     How Loud Can You Burp?: More Extremely Important Questions (and Answers)    
Gleen Murphy
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 502 Mur)

Strange scientific facts and real answers to gross questions are presented in this amusing and slightly disgusting fact-filled book for young readers.

In This Bathroom     In This Bathroom    
Nancy Harris
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 643.52 Har)
What's Lurking in This House!

Read "In This Bathroom" to learn about silverfish, life on a toothbrush, and other gross bathroom surprises. Look for more What's Lurking in This House! titles.

It's Disgusting-And We Ate it! True Food Facts From Around the World-And Throughout History!     It's Disgusting-And We Ate it! True Food Facts From Around the World-And Throughout History!    
James Solheim
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 641.3 So)

A collection of poems, facts, statistics, and stories about unusual foods and eating habits both contemporary and historical.

Itch and Oooze: Gross Stuff on Your Skin     Itch and Oooze: Gross Stuff on Your Skin    
Kristi Lew
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 616.5 Lew)
Gross body science

Presents disgusting facts about human skin, the diseases and parasites that can cause problems with it, and how it functions to protect the body and itself. Part of the Gross Body Science series.

Oh, Yikes!: History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments     Oh, Yikes!: History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments    
Joy Masoff
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 902 Ma)

An illustrated encyclopedia of history's messiest, dumbest, grossest, wackiest, and weirdest moments.

Oh, Yuck!: The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty     Oh, Yuck!: The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty    
Joy Masoff
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 031.02 Ma)

An alphabetical collection of articles about disgusting things, from acne, ants, and bacteria to worms, x-periments, and zits.

Poop Eaters: Dung Beetles in the Food Chain     Poop Eaters: Dung Beetles in the Food Chain    
Deirdre Prischmann
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 595.7649 Pri)
Fact finders: Extreme life

Describes dung beetles, including development, place in the food chain, and how they help the environment. Look for more Fact Finders: Extreme Life titles.

Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable     Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable    
Nicola Davies
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 573.49 Dav)

A noted zoologist teams up with a playful illustrator to present a fun, fact-filled guide to the fascinating (if not fragrant) world of poop across species. Take a peek at Poop and find out all you need to know-what it's for, where it goes, and how much we can learn from it.

Puke and Poo     Puke and Poo    
Angela Royston
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 612.3 Roy)
Read Me!: Disgusting Body Facts

Learn about constipation, burping, and puking. Look for more Disgusting Body Facts titles.

Sewers and the Rats That Love Them: The Disgusting Story Behind Where It All Goes     Sewers and the Rats That Love Them: The Disgusting Story Behind Where It All Goes    
Kelly Regan Barnhill
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 628.3 Bar)

Describes the current sewage treatment system and the history of human sewage treatment.

Sick, Nasty Medical Practices     Sick, Nasty Medical Practices    
Kelly Regan Barnhill
    (Juvenile Nonficton - J 610 Bar)

Describes a variety of strange medical practices from the past.

The Pukey Book of Vomit     The Pukey Book of Vomit    
Connie Colwell Miller
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 616.047 Mil)
Edge Books. Amazingly Gross Human Body

Describes what vomit consists of, how the human body manufactures vomit, and why vomit is gross. Part of the Edge Books - The Amazingly Gross Human Body series.

The Snotty Book of Snot     The Snotty Book of Snot    
Connie Colwell Miller
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 612.2 Mil)
Edge Books. Amazingly Gross Human Body.

Describes the gross qualities of mucus, and how it works to benefit a person's health. Part of the Edge Books - The Amazingly Gross Human Body series.

The Truth About Poop     The Truth About Poop    
Susan Goodman
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 612.36 Go)

A compendium of fascinating, weird, and gross facts about excrement.

Wartime Whiffs     Wartime Whiffs    
Mary F. Dobson
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 355.1 Do)

Introduces the history of warfare and military life through sanitary practices and characteristic odors. Look for more Smelly Old History titles.

Why is Snot Green? And Other Extremely Important Questions (and Answers)     Why is Snot Green? And Other Extremely Important Questions (and Answers)    
Gleen Murphy
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 502 Mur)

Answers questions about science that kids want to know, from astronaut farts to black holes.

Fiction

Fartiste     Fartiste    
Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer
    (Juvenile Picture Books - J Kru)

In nineteenth-century France, Joseph Pujol, a little boy who can control his farts, grows up to become Le Petomaine, making audiences laugh at the Moulin Rouge in Paris with his animal noises, songs, and other sounds.

Freckle Juice     Freckle Juice    
Judy Blume
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Blume)

Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.

How to Eat Fried Worms     How to Eat Fried Worms    
Thomas Rockwell
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Rockwel)
Billy Forrester; bk. 1

Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.

Is That a Sick Cat in Your Backpack?     Is That a Sick Cat in Your Backpack?    
Todd Strasser
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Strasse)

Although it may not be a skill appreciated by all, the Tardy Boys are certain that their cat's unique ability to cough up giant-sized hair balls is the kind of talent the judges will want to see at the upcoming talent contest.

Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of Fifth Grade     Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of Fifth Grade    
Jack Gantos
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Ga)
Jack Henry books; 4

Moving with his unbearable sister to Miami, Florida, Jack tries to break some of his bad habits but finds himself irresistibly drawn to things disgusting, gross, and weird.

Potty Poo-Poo Wee-Wee!     Potty Poo-Poo Wee-Wee!    
Colin McNaughton
    (Juvenile Picture Books - J Mcn)

When everyone tells Littlesaurus to use his potty, he ignores them and exclaims "Potty poo poo wee wee!" until his grandmother gives him some important information.

Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers     Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers    
Megan McDonald
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J McDonal)
Stink Moody; bk. 3

A class visit to the Gross-Me-Out exhibit at the science museum inspires Stink Moody to create a variety of terrible smells to put on the sneakers he plans to enter in the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneaker contest.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel     The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel    
Dav Pilkey
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Pilkey)
Captain Underpants; bk. 1

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

Walter, the Farting Dog     Walter, the Farting Dog    
William Kotzwinkle
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ko)
Walter the farting dog; bk. 1

Walter the dog creates problems with his farts but becomes a hero when burglars enter the house.

Yuck!     Yuck!    
Mick Manning
    (Juvenile Picture Books - J Man)

Funny and rhythmic text--perfect for reading aloud--provides "gross-out" information about animal babies and the foods they like to eat, from a crunchy beetle and furry rat to a rotten egg and hairy spider.