Crust & Spray

Gross Stuff in Your Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

From the Series Gross Body Science

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

From snot and phlegm to earwax and eye gunk, there’s some pretty gross stuff in that body of yours! But why do you have all that sticky slime inside you? And why does it build up sometimes and make you feel so rotten? Learn all about the nasty stuff in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat – and find out how it can actually help you by flushing germs out of your body and keeping you in good health. With close-up pictures and lots of disgusting facts, this book tells all about the gross science behind your body’s functions.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.7
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF024000, JNF051050
Dewey 612.8
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 770
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 130720
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: C. S. Larsen

C. S. Larsen was born February 2, 1966, in Plymouth, Minnesota. His family eventually moved to Farmington where he graduated from high school in 1984. After receiving a double major in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering at Mankato State University, he settled down in Rochester where he currently lives with his wife Nancy and two boys, Zach and Alex.In the late 1990s, C. S. Larsen published several technical books and articles for IBM. Starting in the mid 2000s, he began publishing children's and young adult short stories and novels, with some winning various awards.

Illustrator: Michael Slack

Michael Slack is an illustrator, artist, and primate enthusiast. His illustrations have been featured in books, magazines, posters, games, and many different size screens. He has perfected the "simian stance", and has been witnessed making monkey faces in the mirror. He hopes to some day shake hands with a chimp. Titles he has illustrated include: My Life as a Chicken by Ellen A. Kelley, Flim Flam Fairies by Alan Katz, Knuckle Heads by Joan Holub. His authored and illustrated titles are Ick the Game and the up coming Monkey Truck. Michael lives in Lafayette, California.

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Gross Body Science

Take readers on a guided tour of the human body’s grossest functions. Lighthearted text and irreverent illustrations pull readers in, while key science information about body systems and functions are revealed through clear explanations and fascinating photographs offering a… View available downloads →



“What’s impressive is the amount of factual information contained within, most of it about the spreading and preventing of viruses (Larsen even warns you about the last person who touched the book). If you can get past the wince-inducing close-ups of pus-filled ears and bloody noses, this is both funny and educational.”

Library Media Connection

“Kids love to be grossed out and that is where this series excels. Based upon biology and elements of human anatomy these books are a great hook to help readers learn the facts about our bodies, well, the gross parts.”
Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“These titles work the ick factor to the max with their irreverent style and over-the-top look at body functions. Solid information layered between sarcastic comments and kid-friendly terminology like fart, poop, barf, and puke will keep readers engaged.”
School Library Journal