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To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space

(Dr. Dave Astronaut Series #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is “How do you go to the toilet in space?”
This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body:
How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat? What does food taste like? The best thing is that the answers are provided by Dr. Dav
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Annick Press
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Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's so much to learn about what you do in space in this book for all ages. What do you eat and wear? How do you use the toilet? Do you brush your hair and teeth? It's really hard to lose interest in this book. Pictures give the reader an idea what things look like in space such as: toilets, funnels, and sleeping bags. Very educational.
I know you all want to know how to poop in space. Well, yeah, unless you have read "Packing for Mars" you wouldn't know the answer, and here is a kid friendly version of that.

This covers all those things that are really important, such as, how do you blow your nose on the International Space Station? You don't, you pick it.

How do you wash your hair? You don't, you use dry shampoo.

How do you cut your hair? You use a clipper that has a suction tube on it, so you don't have hair floating all over
Dorine White
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, the truth is I chose this book because I wanted to know the answer to how you go to the bathroom in space, and now I know! This book answers all the questions that curious kids and adults have always wanted to know. First up, the potty. Then bathing, teeth brushing, picking your nose, exercising, sleeping, eating and burping. Who knew burping in space was dangerous? It is amazing how things are different in space because of low gravity. The book shows actual pictures taken on the space sta ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Kids, especially boys will love this book. When astronauts go off into space where there is zero gravity, there are a lot of things we take for granted that become a problem. When the book explains about going to the bathroom in space, how to dispose of the waste etc. it is actually quite interesting. Other fun information including haircare, brushing your teeth, blowing or picking your nose, Space fashion (including diapers), getting exercise, eating and more are all presented in short bubbles ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great scientific book about all the gross things that happen in space. How do you go to the bathroom, what happens to the stuff in your nose, what about lint? Great information book told in a humorous way with funny illustrations and great real photos.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All stuff I needed to know for my future space travels. With fun pictures and great explanations, I now feel ready to visit the moon.
I picked up this book because it sounded interesting to me being about what happens to the human body in space. I ended up learning an awful lot of fascinating things, real things, about life in space both the good, and the bad. I found it intriguing to read about toilets and bathing and eating on the space station. There is also information on wearing space suits, sleeping, and exercising in space. Exercising in a harness sounds like an interesting challenge. The combination of illustrations, s ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space not only answers questions that kids may have about life on the International Space Station (ISS) but it answered mine too! Come on, haven’t you ever wondered how astronauts go to the bathroom in space? I had a general idea but this book gave me the complete low-down! It also explains eating, basic hygiene, and sleeping, among other things. My favorite part was learning that when you want to take a nap in space, you basically just close your ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, nonfic
One of my favorite go-to booktalks for my Elementary school visits in Spring 2017. Based on the lessons I learned booktalking When Lunch Fights Back last year, I didn't mention bodily functions at all, and focused on the Space Suit (EMU) itself, then segued into the effects of no gravity on the body.

I like all of the pictures of Astronauts, and the layout of this book is pretty great. Basically, it's Packing for Mars, but for kids.
Which really should have happened a long time ago. :)
Donna Maguire
This is a fun fact-filled little book that makes you stop and think - its laid out in a great way and I loved the little fact boxes, I even learnt a few things myself - really enjoyable for all ages
This title is nominated for the 2018 Hackmatack Award in the non-fiction category.
This book answers a lot of questions I didn't even know that I had about how our human bodies function in outer space. If you are grossed out by talking about going to the bathroom or picking your nose, then this book might not be for you. I really liked the photos of real people in space (especially the astronauts sleeping). This one is a quick read, so might be a good selection for your more reluctant readers. I
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee. This is a comedic take on life aboard the International Space Station. All the bodily questions are asked and answered. It makes one wonder if going to space is worth the vacuum toilets. Excellent read and very educational.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Informative book, but focused a bit too much on bathroom humour to my taste.
Jorja Boston
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it did not take me a long time to read witch i liked and it was also very interesting!
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really great way to introduce kids (and adults) to the way that things work in space.
Mar 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2017-new
Kate Puleo Unger
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is terrific! It's full of all manner of interesting facts about space. Kids ages 6-10 will enjoy it immensely. It's broken down into sections by topic: going to the bathroom, eating in space, bathing in a microgravity environment, etc. We understand a world with gravity, but Dr. Dave knows that kids have many questions about how things work in space where there is no gravity.

Since the author is an astronaut, the answers come from first hand experience. The pages of the book are laid o
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An overview of basic bodily functions in space. Not bad.
Sharon Tyler
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space by Dr Dave Willians and Loredana Cunti, with illustrations by Theodore Key is a children's nonfiction book currently scheduled for release on October 11 2016. Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is “How do you go to the toilet in space?” This book answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body like; How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat ...more
Kristi Bernard
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Dr. Dave Williams knows what it’s like to be out in space. He has created a guide with photos and facts regarding the life of an astronaut when in space with no gravity, no regular bed to sleep in, no real food to eat and most importantly how an astronaut goes to the bathroom. If you’re curious about any of these things the answers are just a page turn away.

Space is a very interesting place and there is plenty of information in books and documentaries about the subject. But, let’s face it, we wa
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can you guess the number one question that kids ask an astronaut? Yep, it's a potty question.... "How do you go to the bathroom in space?"

This book answers a myriad of questions about diet, self-care, fashion, sleeping in space, and the effect a non-gravity environment has on your both your lifestyle and health, just to name a few.

Dr. Dave Williams, a NASA astronaut alumni answers the questions posed by kids truthfully, because he's been there, done that.

The fantastic photographs and illustra
Wayne McCoy
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
'To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space' by real astronaut Dr. Dave Williams along with Loredana Cunti and illustrations by Theodore Key answers the really interesting questions about space travel, or at least the ones most kids are likely to ask.

This book sets out to let the reader know about bodily functions in space. When you have less gravity, how do you eat, sleep and poop? What does brushing your teeth look like? Are you taller or shorter in space? What do you do if you're n
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space is an amusing and engaging exploration of the unexpected, unusual, and uncanny things that happen to the body in space. From burps, farts, number ones and number twos, and everything in between, this book covers it all!

Through age appropriate, yet completely factual information, a humorous voice, and fun illustrations, To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space will keep young readers thoroughly engaged and entertained. Dr. Dave Wi
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To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space by Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti is a kid friendly version of life in space. It is not new knowledge that in space there is zero gravity, this book talks about some of the challenges astronauts face in space. The book talks about going to bathroom and how to dispose of the waste. Other interesting facts include haircare, brushing your teeth, and blowing your nose. There are certain things that we do here on earth that is quite e
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to share this book with my students in the library! It has just the right blend of fact and humor (yes, of the potty variety) to inform and entertain. Sadly, the story nixed one of my favored childhood ideas of jet propulsion via flatulence. Oh well.

I suspect there will be amazement at how much planning goes into, well, going. This book will be a fun talk about exploration of the unknown, planning (figuring how much waste storage will be needed), gravity (which it seems we e
Amy Lafleur Meyers
This book gives readers the answers to questions that children love to ask about life in space. Questions and answers relate to topics such as sleep, farting, eating, and burping. Of course there is also the question (and answer to), "How do astronauts go the bathroom in space?" Dr. Dave Williams, doctor and astronaut himself answers the questions with humor and honesty. There are also lots of photographs of astronauts in space and illustrations along with fun facts. I can see this definitely be ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
To Burp or Not to Burp give kids an amusing yet realistic overview of how a body functions in space.

From how to use the bathroom (there are a few more steps in space!) to bathing to brushing your teeth or blowing your nose to passing gas and just eating: To Burp or Not to Burp covers a wide range of topics that kids will love to learn about. They will laugh as they learn some of the more basic human aspects of being an astronaut.

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest rev
This fascinating nonfiction picture book as engaging text and awesome photographs to share with readers EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about space travel. Dr. Dave Williams, a physician and astronaut, has been on two NASA space shuttle missions and so is an expert on the ways the human body behaves in space. The author shares details on picking your nose in space, going to the bathroom in space, burping and farting in space, and much more. This would definitely be a popular book in my classr ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book ought to be a lot of fun for the space-curious kid. All the details of daily life in space, from using the restroom to taking a bath to why space suits are white to what happens to your bones. It's in here.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! Kids and grown ups alike will enjoy it. Answers all those pesky questions we've wondered about for years, like, how do they go to the bathroom up there? This book will tell you this and more! Informative, entertaining and fun. Photos and illustrations are great, too.
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Dr. Dave Williams was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and moved to Beaconsfield, Quebec on the West Island of Montreal at an early age.

As a child, his favorite book was Tom Sawyer; his younger years were spent fishing, camping, and enjoying the outdoors. He dreamt of becoming an astronaut when he was 7 years old after watching Alan Shepard become the fi

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