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The World of Poo (Discworld) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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Book Description

7 Jun 2012 Discworld
From Snuff: 'Vimes' prompt arrival got a nod of approval from Sybil, who gingerly handed him a new book to read to Young Sam. Vimes looked at the cover. The title was The World of Poo. When his wife was out of eyeshot he carefully leafed through it. Well, okay, you had to accept that the world had moved on and these days fairy stories were probably not going to be about twinkly little things with wings. As he turned page after page, it dawned on him that whoever had written this book, they certainly knew what would make kids like Young Sam laugh until they were nearly sick. The bit about sailing down the river almost made him smile. But interspersed with the scatology was actually quite interesting stuff about septic tanks and dunnakin divers and gongfermors and how dog muck helped make the very best leather, and other things that you never thought you would need to know, but once heard somehow lodged in your mind.'

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857521217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857521217
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"A gloriously old-fashioned and funny story...Pratchett includes plenty of jokes. His prose is suberb which, combinted with Peter Dennis's engaging illustrations, makes this a brilliant choice for reading aloud." (Evening Standard)

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A charming tale for people of all ages (but especially for young Sam Vimes) from the pen of Miss Felicity Beedle, Discworld's premier children's author.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars highly amusing 8 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Firstly, I have to say, I didn't have any problem with this download unlike several posters here. This book is the kind of thing kids will find hilariously funny, but it is also weirdly educational! First mentioned in Pratchett's novel 'Snuff', it takes on a life of its' own as a little boy starts his very own collection of poo, and, aided by his grandma, visits various poo related places (like the zoo) and learns things about poo that even adults (like me) didn't know. I won't spoil the surprise by relating the story here, suffice it to say it is a simple tale, excellently told and you probably won't have come across anything like this before! Every character is a gem of a character study, the plot is straightforward but laugh out loud funny and- well - Pratchett has done it again! Cracking stuff!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice feel, excellent read A** 10 Jun 2012
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first when you pick this book up it has a lovely feel. the cover is rough and textured and has a nice weight. the inner cover is a mottled wax paper effect and looks very nice. the pictures in the book are very good (although the artist obviously couldnt draw puppies which kinda annoyed me!) and the story is of course superb. i didnt realise before but the book is actually a proper discworld based story - and is a really good read for both young and old!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice addition to Discworld, if rather short. 2 July 2012
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Having been a fan of Discworld since I was old enough to read them, this follows the usual Discworld style, which of course is a great thing.

If you buy this one wondering what it's about, perhaps you should stop now. This entire book centres around poo, as the name would suggest. Without spoiling the story, it's obsessively poo themed. But it's done in a typical, charming Discworld way. There are also illustrations in this one! How nice! My Kindle (3G + Keyboard) displays this perfectly well, too.

As a final note, this is also an incredibly short book compared to some previous Discworld novels.

Make what you will of it, as it is a charmingly well written book all about poo. Now, if you will excuse me, I must go wash my hands.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the childish in you 8 July 2012
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I may be an 'ancient', and it took me a couple of hours to read,but I loved this book. Not only are the contents a delight, but the feel of the cover and the pages a joy. It was delivered rapidly and well packaged. Why should children only enjoy this?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Discworld diversion 16 July 2012
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As a spin off from and a plot element in some of the main cycle of Discworld books, this little volume could have been a one note joke with little intrinsic substance or worth. Thankfully this is far from the case.

The author and his associates have worked to produce and deliver a little gem of a story, with a mix of jokes to amuse and delight a child reading the book, a child having it read to them and an older person having to read it to a child or even reading it for their own enjoyment.

I really hope that the other volumes in the series listed in this book prove to be more than just gags, and his muse will grant the author the creativity to bring one or more of them to life.

Truly a work with both body and function.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge fun and educational! 7 Jun 2012
A funny and warm surprise of a book that you can well imagine being pride of place in young Sam's collection. It looks and feels like a book from Discworld should, though to truly appreciate this aspect you really need to forget the Kindle and buy the real thing! The story contains lots of references to characters and places around Ankh-Morpork that will make the youngest and oldest Discworld fans chuckle, and reveals lots of new stuff too. I will thoroughly enjoy sharing it with my nephews this evening - the first of many repeat readings no doubt!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
In a book that spins off from an extended joke in his previous novel, Snuff, Terry Pratchett and his co-authors present a children's book suitable for the inhabitants of Discworld, whose outlook is somewhat different.

Presented as a meta-fiction (a story within a story), The World of Poo tells the tale of Geoffrey, a young boy on a visit to the big city of Ankh-Morpork, where he decides to start a museum of poo. Accompanying the story are a vast array of real world facts, wrapped up in such a way that the reader can learn without realising.

The book will certainly appeal to young boys and young-at-heart boys (aka fathers) and to girls who have escaped brainwashing by the pink-brigade into thinking anything dirty is wrong. There are a few words that some parents may prefer their little angels not exposed to, but I felt there was nothing that could do a child harm to hear.

An entertaining read of six chapters that I would expect children to laugh out loud to. Excellent bed-time reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett spin off. Educational. 13 July 2012
By R. A. Caton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book is not a barrel of laughs. Following in the tradition of spinoffs from Discworld mainstream (and THUD! did beget the game, aye, and "Where's My Cow?" did arrive at the bookshop and it was good) this book is featured in the main text of the last Discworld book, "Snuff".
It is an extremely good pastiche of a late Victorian/early Edwardian childrens book in which an intelligent and curious young lad is given an education as to the whys wherefores and uses of...poo. Excrement. Manure. "Pure".

What does it look like? What can it be used for? How does poo from different species differ?

It is illustrated in period style and is rather charming.... mildly amusing too. Despite the poo and wee I must admit that it didn't have me sniggering as some earlier titles and even "Where's My Cow?" did.

One for completionists but not bad (not as bad as the "Almanacke" anyway).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's poo, Jim, but not as we know it.
Sorry for the bad pun but someone had to do it. Very funny take on an alimentary function product. Perhaps we should be a little less paranoid about bodily excretions? Read more
Published 6 days ago by Arthur J Montieth
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Good for children some hidden gems in it, witty in places. Many jokes are for adults and would go over children's heads.
Published 2 months ago by DR PAUL E HELLIWELL
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Pratchett
A good book fits in with all the other books by Terry Pratchett and can and will give good reading for all
Published 4 months ago by John Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Witty as Ever Pratchett Book
My Children and I love Terry Pratchett he is able to bring a chuckle no matter the subject excellent book thanks KM
Published 4 months ago by Kevin McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett does it again!
Any Terry Pratchett fan will enjoy this book. Good for slightly older children and all of his adult readers, this is again a great insight into the workings of his mind. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stuart Pavey
5.0 out of 5 stars All you ever wanted to know...
and lots you probably didn't, about the uses of excrement. An endearing look into the life of a small boy, and his fascination with the icky stuff. Terry Pratchett at his wittiest!
Published 7 months ago by D. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying a hard copy
I have become a complete Kindle addict in the last couple of years but this is definitely worth buying the hard copy. It's a beautifully bound copy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vikki
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reality check on 'Poo'
This is a book for all ages - full of insights and laughs - and real facts - at a level even five year olds can relate to. Wonderful read.
Published 8 months ago by Marilyn Warr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CLEAN fun
I really enjoyed this book. Got my 11 year old reading it now and he is enjoying to. Good book to add to the Terry Pratchett collection.
Published 9 months ago by Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Really a kids book
Its a very short book for the money! Content quite good, lots of humour as you'd expect with this title.
Ok for kids, but not kids price.
Published 9 months ago by Gillian McMenemy
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