I Eat Poop. A Dung Beetle Story

I Eat Poop. A Dung Beetle Story

By Mark Pett

Picture Book

48 Pages

Ages 4-8 ‎

Roaring Brook Press

Hardcover ~ Kindle

In the vein of Please Don’t Eat Me and We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, I Eat Poop. by Mark Pett is a heartwarming and hilarious picture book about friendship, fitting in, and accepting each others’ differences.

Dougie has a secret: he’s not a ground beetle.

He’s a dung beetle, and he loves eating poop.

Dougie knows he should be proud. Dung beetles help process waste and do other extraordinary things! But Dougie also knows that if anyone at school saw his lunch, he’d be an outcast.One day, the lunchroom bugs out over a classmate eating poop, and Dougie must make a choice. Can he stand up for his friend―and for his true self?

I Eat Poop. is packed with important social emotional learning themes and is great for classroom or at home discussion. Read I Eat Poop. for conversations about:

  • Bullying and being kind
  • Standing up for your friends and speaking up for your beliefs
  • Being proud of your culture and heritage
  • Embracing diversity and accepting and celebrating differences

The book also includes incredible, STEM-related facts about bugs.

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book had me laughing out loud. It’s incredibly witty with an underlying message that’s so very important. Dougie is ashamed that he eats poop, and not only that but he LOVES it. Everyday he hides his lunch until lunchtime and then sneaks off to eat alone. He’s so worried everyone will find out and he’ll be an outcast. In the end he not only let’s everyone in on his secret, he stands up for someone else. This has his entire school sharing what makes them different. Inside the front and back cover is set up like a insect yearbook – and under each picture is a little fact about each one. I personally had fun learning something new about different bugs!

Make sure to download the activity pages for I Eat Poop. Below!

About The Author

Writer and illustrator Mark Pett makes books. He is the “authorstrator” of I Eat Poop: A Dung Beetle Story, Nia and the New Free Library, The Very Last Castle, I’m Not Millie!, This Is My Book!, Lizard From the Park, The Boy and the Airplane, The Girl and the Bicycle, and The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. Before books, he created the syndicated comic strips Mr. Lowe and Lucky Cow. Mark lives in the Mountain West.

Website ~ Instagram

Huge thanks to Macmillan for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review. To get your hands on a copy, click the link below!

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I hope you are all having a wonderful week! See you soon!


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