Give kids books on poop, gas, or burps and they laugh hysterically. Most adults scratch their heads at this scatological humor.
She goes on to explain that kids love scatological humor, and that if it gets them excited about books, we adults shouldn’t turn up our noses.
I agree with her, although I must admit that I’m thankful my kids didn’t need Captain Underpants to encourage reading. More importantly, I wanted to learn more about “scatological”.
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Scatology \sca·tol·o·gy\ noun from the Greek skat-, skōr excrement; akin to Old English scearn dung, Latin muscerdae mouse droppings
- Interest in obscene matters especially in literature
- The biological study of excrement (especially for taxonomic purposes or the determination of diet)
I should have guessed this origin! I have heard animal excrement referred to as “scat”.
Word Nerd Workout
First, how do you feel the use of scatological humor in children’s books? Does humor based on bodily functions have a place in literature? Also, can you think of other examples of books that use scatological humor? The Artemis Fowl series has some scatological references that my boys enjoy, including a dwarf who tunnels by eating dirt and then experiences severe digestive repercussions.
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