What would a kid’s book be without poop or pee?

An editor at a major house once told me that all middle grade books need references to boogers, farts, and poop. Or maybe it was boogers, farts, and vomit. Or burps. You get the idea.

Kids love that kind of stuff. Adults often don’t.

Now it’s even the subject of a formal paper: “Bums, Poops, and Pees: A Scholarly Examination of Why Children Love and Adults Censor the Scatological in Children’s Books.”

Read more about this scholarly subject.




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Maybe I'm just weird, but even as a kid, I hated references to that kind of stuff. Still do.
With those comedic movies, you know someone is going to hit in the crotch. And there is often a monkey or other animal involved. Blech!