Selected as an Our Choice" book by The Canadian Children's Book Centre

Short-listed for the Hackmatack Award


Did you know:

  • Elephants poop enough to fill the trunk of a family car … every day?
  • Fossilized poop is called coprolite and scientists have found coprolites even older than the dinosaurs?
  • Termite colonies use their own poop to help build castles as tall as a house?
  • Award-winning author and photographer

Wayne Lynch takes a fun and scientific look at poop in the animal world. Children will be fascinated to find out that some wild animals eat their dung, others use it to send messages or mark their territory, and some even squirt it on themselves to cool off!

Filled with amazing facts, animal stories, and colour photographs, The Scoop on Poop will change the way you look at droppings forever. So join Dr. Lynch as he dishes out the scoop on poop, facts on feces, tips on turds, data on dung, and the goods on guano.


"Lynch invites youngsters to sit down with him -- and I'll give you the scoop on poop, facts on feces, tips on turds, data on dung, and the goods on guano. " He's as good as his word and resolutely cheerful, even chirpy, as he delivers all the news that's fit to print on a smelly subject. Excellent photographs illustrate blue-footed boobies, chinstrap penguins, termites and polar bears, to name just a few, exuding or using their excrement. "
The Globe and Mail

"Packed with facts with which kids will enjoy regaling their parents. "
The Vancouver Sun

"Get down and dirty: When all else fails to amuse, there's The Scoop on Poop! by Dr. Wayne Lynch. The Calgary science writer and photographer has studied creatures of the Arctic, prairies, savannah, desert, forest and beyond, and is the well-known author of more than a dozen books for adults and children. ..This is Lynch's latest and is a winner for ages 8 to 12 plus awestruck parents. The Scoop on Poop! is filled with useful data to freak out the relatives like how termites use their droppings to cement their houses, how bull hippos use their tails to scatter smelly dung in all directions, a behaviour biologists dub "muck spreading. "
The Calgary Herald

"This is a great book. ..a lively, funny, factual presentation. Clear colour photographs abound on every page. It's a slim paperbound volume that might get lost on your shelves, but one which will be checked out within minutes of a face-out display. It is that rare and delightful mix that could serve equally well for classroom support or for recreational reading. .. Lynch's writing style is clear, light, and conveys lots of information, almost on the sly. His sense of humour is pervasive, and he includes several personal anecdotes. It's the kind of learning where readers think they're just having fun.
Highly recommended. "
CM Magazine