Poo-Dunit?: A Forest Floor Mystery

by Katelyn Aronson (Author) Stephanie Laberis (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

This rollicking, rhyming tale of animal poo will have children squealing with laughter--even as they learn about forest ecosystems and discover surprising facts about scat.

Sniff, sniff! went Mouse.

Whiff, whiff! went Mouse."Who left this poo outside my house?

I must undo this mystery. Poo-dunit?" Mouse is dismayed to step outside her house one morning only to discover a giant pile of poo! Who could have done such a dastardly deed? Mouse questions all the animals of the forest, but it's too big to be Squirrel's, too dark to be Coyote's, and too messy to be Deer's. Will Mouse ever track down the culprit--and will she find a way to make the best of this smelly situation? Between giggles at every mention of the word poo, children will learn to identify eight different animals' scat and discover how droppings can help plants to grow, all while enjoying Katelyn Aronson's rhyming text and Stephanie Laberis's expressive animals. Back matter includes a mini "poo-dunit" mystery challenging children to match scat with the correct animal, as well as a note on why poo is precious--and who is responsible for the biggest poo of all.

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Kirkus Reviews

Aronson's story of a scatological stumper will elicit giggles. . . The quiz and the paean to poo at the close add a little fun and science, respectively. Laberis' digitally created cartoon illustrations are worthy of Disney--if Disney did doo-doo. . . Stinky science with a sprinkle of silly.

Review quotes

Aronson's rhymed verses will be a treat to read aloud, assuming, that is, they can be heard over audience laughter. . . . should reduce any storytime group to pandemonium.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review) 

Katelyn Aronson
Katelyn Aronson is the author of Piglette's Perfect Surprise. She worked as a children's bookseller in California until she was called abroad to Europe. She now teaches in Switzerland and lives in France, where no one eats peanut butter except for her! Please visit katelynaronson.com.

Sarah Rebar is the illustrator behind the bestselling Waffles & Mochi, which is now a series on Netflix. She lives in sunny Los Angeles, where she enjoys lots of PB&J sandwiches, especially with smooth peanut butter. Please visit sarahrebar.com.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
June 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV002180 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
JUV002160 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mammals
JUV029010 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Environment
Library of Congress categories

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