If you want to find a book that your kids will love to read, look no further. Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition by David Borgenicht, Nathan Marunas, and Robin Epstein is the book for you.
Kids will spend countless hours pouring over stories of barf, boogers, blood and other gross body functions or naturally occurring events.
My 7-year-old son was particularly fascinated by the fact the camels can defended themselves against potential threats with a powerful mix of spit and vomit. In fact, he enjoyed it so much that he decided to share this and other gross facts during dinner with some of our extended family members.
In case you’re like my son and enjoy discussing spit at dinner parties, here’s another exerpt from the book that you might consider sharing:
Some species of Aerodramus swiftlet (a bird native to East Asia and Australia) build their nests entirely out of their thick spit, which hardens on contact with air. These nests are the main ingredient in the Chinese delicacy called Bird’s Nest Soup.
Doesn’t that just whet your appetite for a steaming bowl of Bird Spit, oh sorry, Nest soup?
After my son finished the book, I asked my 9-year-old daughter if she’s like to read it.
“Eww, Daddy!” she said with contempt. “Why on Earth would I want to read about gross stuff?”
A few days later I spied her flipping through the book and quietly chuckling.
Once you get past the gross factor, you can learn many interesting facts about this world we live in. Just don’t share them while everyone is still eating.
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