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SARAH ALBEE is the author of Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up and dozens of books for young readers, three of which have been New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, three kids and dog. She blogs about offbeat history topics at

ROBERT LEIGHTON is the illustrator of Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up and What's Going on Down There?, as well as a puzzle-writer and New Yorker cartoonist. He lives in New York City.


"This title is astonishing, disgusting, revolting, and ultimately fascinating, making it perfect for emerging entomologists, budding historians, reluctant readers, and gross-out junkies alike." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Tailor-made for epidemiologists-in-the-making and connoisseurs of the gross." --Kirkus Reviews

"This engrossing volume is jam-packed with enticingly gruesome world history." --Booklist

"The breadth of information Albee covers speaks to the way that tugging on a tiny thread of history can yield a vast, multifaceted narrative." --Publishers Weekly

"Will appeal to middle school readers looking for all things gross, creepy, and surprisingly true . . . The facts are presented in a way that is engaging enough to keep reluctant readers turning the pages." --Library Media Connection

"Readers who enjoy all things gross will find this foray into fecal history most appealing." --Kirkus Reviews on Poop Happened!

"By bringing history alive, this captivating work is without a doubt an essential purchase." --School Library Journal on Poop Happened!

"The lively, browsable format and irreverent tone will keep the interest of kids who ordinarily might balk at historical exploration." --BCCB on Poop Happened!

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