Poo-Dunit? A Forest Floor Mystery

Poo-Dunit? A Forest Floor Mystery
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June 07, 2022
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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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This hilarious rhyming book begins with a premise that most kids will love, unless they are deterred by "potty humor."
Mouse wakes one morning to discover a nasty surprise outside their door, leading to the odorous mystery of "POO-DUNIT?" With the help of her friends, Mouse is determined to track down the culprit - each friend has an.. alibi of sorts, in the fact that their poo looks very different than the one left by Mouses' door.

The illustrations are vibrant and oh so detailed, down to the odor trail and hairs, almost to the point of being gross that my kids found hysterical. The characters are brought to life with human expressions that fit the story just right.
The rhymes are cute and full of emotion that, along with the illustrations, had my children laughing out loud.

My kids had fun trying to match the poo piles at the end with the descriptions throughout the story, and will use the information the learned on our next hiking trip!

I was a big fan of all of the educational information brought out in a fun way! Poo doesn't always have to be gross - it can be beneficial, too, when treated correctly to make fertilizer. Poo-Dunit opens the door for more science talk in a way that is highly entertaining for children.
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Informative, Entertaining, Detailed Illustrations
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