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The World of Poo

(Discworld #39.5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,949 ratings  ·  338 reviews
A Discworld picture book.
At six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, Sam Vimes must go home to read 'The World of Poo', with all the appropriate noises, to his little boy.
A picturebook that picks up a story from 'Snuff!', the brand new Discworld novel.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Doubleday
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Dan Schwent
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
When young Geoffrey goes to Ankh Morpork to stay with his grandmother, he quickly develops a fascination with poo. Hilarity ensues.

The World of Poo started out as a book Sam Vimes was reading his son in Snuff. Smelling an opportunity, Old Pratch squeezed out this nugget before his final days. When it popped up on Netgalley, I had to pinch it.

The World of Poo is the tale of one young man's poo obsession, leading to him visiting various Ankh Morpork locales and collecting fragrant specimens for hi
Jason Koivu
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor
This story of a boy who develops a scatological obsession in a merry ol' England setting was a delight! Thus my first foray into Terry Pratchett's world was a resounding success! ...more
I'm not a big Pratchett or Discworld fan. I vaguely remember reading a couple when they first came out but they're British humor which tends to miss my funny bone. Then there were so many that it was plain crazy & confusing. This is #39.5, I believe. Thankfully, it is short & stands well on its own. It was well narrated which made it a fun diversion, but most of all the blurb hit one of my (many) sore points - the big deal people make about poo.

Everything does it, but people make such a big, di
Huw Evans
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A scatological pearl from Ankh Morpork, stemming from Young Sam Vimes' infatuation with all things faecal (ref. Snuff). The protagonist, a young boy urbanned out to his granny during the birth of his sister, finds his interest in poo is aroused when a passing bird dumps on his head. With the exception of his maid, his interest is nurtured and encouraged by all concerned. His highly placed and well connected granny arranges trips to the Dragon Sanctuary, the Patrician's menagerie and, eventually, ...more
Disclaimer: ARC for the American Edition via Netgalley.

This is a book about poop (or poo) or whatever other term you wish to use to describe what ends up after we digest things. Some people call it other things (I’m looking at you Count Dookie, sorry, Count Dooku).

This is a book about poo for children so at no point is the s word used (in case you were wondering).

If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett and have kept up with the Discworld books, you will know that the World of Poo by Miss Biddle i
This was definitely one of the stranger things I’ve read in recent years. The World of Poo is a Discworld-based children’s book that is referenced quite a bit in the previous Discworld book I just finished, Snuff. The main character, Geoffrey, develops a fascination with poo and starts collecting samples from various creatures he encounters, some of which are fictional Discworld creatures.

The Amazon product page lists it as being geared toward ages 8 through 12. 12 seems a little old to me, but
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it
A story about a young boy with an interest in poo. As an accompaniment to Snuff it's quite a fun little book but I'm not quite sure who it's written for with both the young and the old being short changed in an attempt to cover all the bases. I personally found it too basic, actually hoping for more detail into the world of poo - we find out it's used in tanning but not how. I want to know!

Generally it's amusing rather than funny though kids should enjoy it. The footnotes we all love are present
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2019
I'm a 100% sure I'd never visit a poo museum but I appreciate the... educational value. From the safety of my poo-free bedroom ;) ...more
I found this one dull, I wasn't interested in all the poo and the humor didn't work with me. On another hand, I enjoyed to see some of the Discworld characters and it was fun to discover some new animals. Because of the Discworld background, I'm not sure who is the target of this book. It seemed aimed at kids, but with all the creatures, having a fantasy knowledge seemed necessary. As a story for adults, people interested in poo would probably enjoy this, but it wasn't the case for me. The art w ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Snuff, Young Sam Vines had moved on from Where’s My Cow? and his new favourite book was The World of Poo. Because Sir Terry Pratchett his awesome, once again he has brought Sam’s fictional book to life in a charming story all about poo!

I’m not sure the plot really matters. Geoffrey is staying with his Grandmother in Ankh-Morpork and he starts up a poo museum in the garden shed after he’s told that being pooed on by a bird is good luck. The story follows his adventures round the city as he col
A story about an inquistive boy with a penchant for poo-fery. The end came suddenly.
Allen Adams
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

It’s a big wide world out there, a world filled with wonder and magic and…poo.

That’s the conceit behind “The World of Poo”, a book whose impressive full title reads something like “Terry Pratchett Presents: Miss Felicity Beadle’s The World of Poo – a Discworld Delight for Readers of All Ages.” An impressive title – and an accurate one; an ostensible children’s book this simultaneously sweet and oddly subversive could only come courtesy of the late Sir Terr
I knew I'd like this book, just because Pratchett wrote it. I didn't expect to find it charming and amusing.

The premise is that it's a book Sam Vimes reads to his son, Young Sam. It's about a Geoffrey, who goes to stay with his Grandmama when his mother gives birth to his baby sister. While there, he develops his fascination with poo, and starts his own poo museum. Grandmama is a great deal more understanding than you'd expect. She takes him several places to indulge his hobby, and even lets hi
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another example of Terry Pratchett's boundless creativity. Full of casually mentioned creatures like, oh, the hermit elephant. Kind of like a hermit crab, but it's an elephant. Short and fun to read and a good message for kids to pursue what they're interested in, not to mention the underlying "everyone poops" message. And I really like that everyone in this book except Lily the maid (who is excused because she had eleven younger brothers) is nice and helpful to our hero, Geoffrey. Not a villain ...more
Angie Lisle
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The World of Poo was first mentioned (fictitiously) in Snuff (Discworld #39) -it's Commander Sam Vimes' son's favorite book- and now it has been turned into a reality.

I enjoyed the illustrations (kudos Peter Dennis) and I love the real facts about poo that are worked into the story and footnotes. I think those facts made me laugh more than the bathroom humor (I'm also very glad that I'm not Pratchett's research assistant)!
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Geoffrey goes on an adventure and discovers the world of poo. With great (tasteful!) illustrations and the footnotes we've all come to expect and love... a fun read for anyone who still has leanings towards strange puns and wants to learn some actual facts. Hint: gargoyle poo is much more rare than the book suggests :) ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Delightfully silly (but taking itself quite seriously as a work of children's literature). A full extra star for the quality of the design, from the old-fashioned line drawings to the....evocative...endpapers. ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
Everyone poops! I've never been one to be shy about what goes on in the bathroom, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. If a book about a kid who collects poo can be cute than this book is it. It was a short and sweet enjoyable little tale and I liked it. ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
They don't make kids book like this anymore. Delightful. ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Half children's story and half biology textbook but not really enough of either. A Pratchett letdown. ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm afraid to say I found this very very dull reading: it's all strangely flat and humourless. The pictures are nice, though. ...more
Eustacia Tan
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I love Discworld and I’ve read Snuff so it was impossible for me not to buy a copy of The World of Poo when I saw it. After all, how can I pass up a chance to find the book that makes Young Sam laugh and which Vimes finds educational?

To be honest, I don’t know what I expected from The World of Poo so whatever I read was a pleasant surprise. The World of Poo, which follows Geoffrey as he starts his poo collection, has a lot more words and a lot less pictures than I thought it would have. And I’m
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was laugh out loud funny, I preferred it to his "Where's my cow."
I read it aloud to my nieces and nephews and it was so funny and rude they got all the jokes and references and my youngest niece especially enjoyed it.
There ARE some rude references but that's the point and a few relatively mild swear words but then it's Pratchett and that's his sense of humour.
A fun read whether read aloud or not and filled with hilarious illustrations, I especially liked the jars of ahem "poo" heading each
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pratchett makes even the most unsanitary of topics entertaining! Footnotes provide interesting facts as well. Young Geoffrey explores the world of poo from creation to it's future as nightsoil. A quick and strangely enjoyable read. ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5. Silly, silly, silly. Reminded me of Douglas Adams 😀
Janine Lawton
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent insightful read into the depths of all things excrement.
Graham Dauncey
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-editions
A book within a book. This was a story that Sam Vimes reads to his son in one of the main Discworld books. As such it is set within the discworld universe, but is written in a more naive style. It is less of a childrens book than the title and theme might seem to suggest. The story follows a young boy building a poo museum whilst visiting his family in Ankh Morpork. The book features references to many of Terry Pratchett's characters and places, and the characteristic footnotes that he uses so m ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting. My first look into a disc world book, probably not the best one to start with but the title got me and I was curious. An interesting read is really all I can say.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The world of Poo" is a very nice children book indeed! I would of loved it as a kid, this is a perfect shared lecture to have with your own "puppies" especially when they are in their "Crazy Scientist age", the one where they get fixated on bugs, dinosaurs etc.

This book accompanies the adult book "Snuff" of Sir Terry Pratchett, so you can read them together, it is a "boys book" (though i strongly believe girls will love it too), written in a 19th century child book style.

You will read the adven
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i

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