Spring 2024

Haiku, Ew!

Celebrating the Disgusting Side of Nature

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Stop right there!

If you think poems about nature are all pretty flowers and rainbow sunsets, this book is not for you. If you can’t handle giant whale farts, turn back right now. If you don’t want to know how lobsters pee, do not read one word further. Seriously, if you open this book, you’re going to find out the disgusting truth about where honey comes from!

All right, you’re in charge. Don’t say we didn’t warn you . . .

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals, Reading/Language Arts
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-04-02
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042010, JNF051150, JNF003000
Dewey 811/.6
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Lynn Brunelle

Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for the television series Bill Nye the Science Guy, with over 25 years of writing experience. A former science, English, and art teacher for kids K-12, as well an editor, illustrator, and award-winning, best-selling author of over 40 titles, Lynn has created, developed, and written projects for PBS, NPR, A&E, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Disney and ABC-TV. She is based in Washington.

Illustrator: Julia Patton

Julia Patton is an award-winning author and illustrator who works from a rustic woodshed in the wilds of rural Northumberland, UK. Her work includes The Very Very Very Long Dog and Snail Mail.

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School Library Journal

“While haikus and ickiness may not seem like the most obvious pairing, this book uses revolting facts to provide a surprisingly engaging dose of science.”—School Library Journal


“Brunelle subverts this normally staid 17-syllable Japanese poetic form in this collection celebrating nature at its grossest.”—Booklist

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Brunelle and Patton explore a side of nature that is no less awe inspiring, but rather pondering the beauty of nature, they dig into the disgusting, gross, and sometimes weird aspects of the world around us. . . The pencil-drawn, digitally colored illustrations bring to life the zany weird facts of the text with humor. Reviewer Rating: 5”—Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“Offers a crowd-pleasing angle on both nature and poetry.”—Kirkus Reviews