Toilet: How It Works

Toilet How It Works Celebrated author illustrator and master explainer David Macaulay brings his unique voice and style to high interest nonfiction books for newly independent readers Everyone knows what a toilet is for

  • Title: Toilet: How It Works
  • Author: David Macaulay Sheila Keenan
  • ISBN: 9781626722149
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Celebrated author illustrator and master explainer David Macaulay brings his unique voice and style to high interest nonfiction books for newly independent readers Everyone knows what a toilet is for, right But what exactly happens after you flush Where does our waste go, and how is it made safe With his unique blend of informative text and illustration, David MacaulayCelebrated author illustrator and master explainer David Macaulay brings his unique voice and style to high interest nonfiction books for newly independent readers Everyone knows what a toilet is for, right But what exactly happens after you flush Where does our waste go, and how is it made safe With his unique blend of informative text and illustration, David Macaulay takes readers on a tour of the bathroom, plumbing, and the sewer system, from the familiar family toilet to the mysterious municipal water treatment plant A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

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    1. I’m always looking for non-animal focused, non-narrative texts for students to read. Having always been a fan of his adult “how it works” books, I’ve been curious about Macaulay’s “how it works” series of books for children. Alas, I am disappointed. See my notes below – these might be helpful when you are considering nonfiction for your own classroom or library…Toilet: How It Works (My Readers Series – Level 4, Macaulay, 2013) NOT ENOUGH INFO-READER MIGHT BE CONFUSED. On page [...]

    2. It's a toliet. It's gross. Kids will love it. The technical side of how a toliet and sewer works. Great diagrams. Contains glossary and index.

    3. Really interesting introduction to toilets and the processing of human wastes. Tastefully illustrated. Good level of detail for beginners to reading and science. I learned a lot too!

    4. The only problem with this book is the title. If it were about 'how a toilet works' it would have something about siphoning! There was no mention of water pressure, either, when talking about plumbing. But what this book is really about, is plumbing infrastructure, from our bodies all the way to the treatment plant. And for that, it is a great book. My kids (5 & 8) both enjoyed it, but I think older kids and an adult reader would, too.

    5. This is a brief introduction to "waste management" from a respected author of nonfiction for children. It's also very nice to see a nonfiction reader that's not about animals or insects as that seems to dominate the area.First let me say that the title may be misleading. Yes, there is a particular focus on the toilet, but we get information on how the body makes waste to septic tanks and sewer treatment plants. So there's more to this than just how toilets work. There are also so ideas introduce [...]

    6. This was a nice explanation of how a toilet works. Macaulay wants to produce books that will entice kids to read and he does it in his way. He tells kids how something works. Now he is making these books for the beginning readers and I applaud him for doing that! There are plenty of boysd girlswho don't want to read fiction about talking animals for example, but want real books about real things. This series will provide them with a great alternative. My only complaint is that this is not a begi [...]

    7. On one hand, I really liked this book. It has important and interesting information, not only about toilets, but also about waste treatment. Macaulay does a wonderful job.On the other hand, I find I am questioning the format. This is written as an easy reader. The audience for an easy reader is usually a child who is learning how to read. Sentences are kept short and vocabulary is somewhat controlled to help these young readers. This book contains the shortened sentences, but does not have the e [...]

    8. Absolutely fascinating. From the basics on how our bodies make waste, to how a toilet flushes, to how a septic tank works, to how a sewer system and water treatment plant works. This isn't "what you've always wanted to know about a toilet and more." Instead, it is "interesting stuff that you were have never thought to wonder about, but not too much." To give you a feel for the tone of the book, here is the second paragraph of the author's introductory note: "Everybody knows what a toilet is for. [...]

    9. A whole new kind of bathroom humor. On the title page, we see a line of folks waiting to get into the rest room. Everyone's got business to do in there. (Of course, the dog just wants a drink and the mammoth? I think he wandered in from some other Macaulay book)Mr. Macaulay explains, in forthright text, what goes into the toilet, what should NOT go into the toilet and what happens after the toilet is flushed. It's very interesting and it's funny even if you aren't a third grader. (Unless you're [...]

    10. Toilets. We all use them everyday. But most children (and probably plenty of adults) don't know how they work, or what happens after you flush. David Macauley's book takes a look at that process. With a brief introduction to where the waste in your body comes from, Macauley explains what happens next. Using plenty of illustrations, he explains how a tank toilet disposes of waste. Next he follows where it goes, depending on whether you have a septic tank or are on the sewer line. An interesting l [...]

    11. I enjoyed Macaulay's early books when I was younger, so I picked up this one at my local library as I've never read it before. It gives an overview of how a toilet works and an overview of how septic tanks and sewage treatment plants work. Hard words (for 4th graders) are defined in the back of the book. I would have enjoyed this book as a kid (though probably not as a favorite). As an adult, I know more than it explained, but it was still fun to read as he makes his pictures interesting to stud [...]

    12. Author-illustrator David Macaulay has long been known for his “building” books: Castle, Cathedral, Mosque, and more. In 2012 he turned his considerable skills to a younger audience in this easy reader series by Macmillan, which this year includes a book on toilets. Readers will find out how a toilet flushes, as well as why humans need toilets, where their waste ends up, and how septic systems and sewers work. (Originally reviewed on Mackin Books in Bloom.

    13. A wonderfully illustrated, descriptive text about how a toilet works and, in a wider sense, how we manage waste in the modern world. The illustrations are clear and detailed, and especially entertaining are the ones that show the characters, their skin invisible showing their internal organs and how they relate to digestion.Read as part of the Fairmount Water Works urban watershed workshop series.

    14. Of course, we all know it's a toilet. But how does it work? In very clear terms, avoiding offensive images or wording, the mechanisms of both the human digestive system and the toilet are explained. I learned a lot from this little book. I think the subject matter will get kids' attention, and it's full enough of information but not too clogged (pardon the pun) with details to slow kids down. Should be a popular title.

    15. This was an easy(ish) reader that explains how a toilet works. The author follows the trail from digestion to toilet to underground pipes to treatment plants to river to explain not just how the toilet works, but also how waste is treated and how what's left is added back into the land and water. Young readers will be interested to know where their poop goes when they flush.

    16. What kid doesn't like to read about toilets? Both of my kids jumped at this book when I brought it home. It's not filled with bad scatological humor (okay, not much)--I actually learned about how toilets work and how waste is carried away and treated. Fascinating!

    17. It's such a simple thing. a toilet or os it? Inquiring little minds want to know. And for those visual learners, nobody is better than David Macaulay. Follow this picture journey down the well, you know.

    18. A how to concerning toilets and the waste they process. Both the digestive process and the process by which waste is managed are covered complete with color diagrams.A fascinating read for independent readers who like to understand how things work.

    19. This is a nice introduction to how toilets work and what happens after everything leaves the toilet. Macauley discusses septic tanks for country folk and sewage treatment plants for city folk. Lots of good information here.

    20. Toilet – How It Works by David Macaulay – How do you represent using the toilet? You show how the body creates what we excrete. Great information and humor mixed throughout… looking forward to promoting and sharing this with my students…

    21. ""Everybody knows what a toilet is for," writes acclaimed author/illustrator David Macaulay. But what does it do? Macaulay's lucid diagrams present concepts from chemistry, physics, and civil engineering as he traces our waste's path through digestive and sewer systems."

    22. My 4-year-old wanted to know how the toilet held "everything" in such a little tank. This book was exactly what I was looking for to help explain the modern sewer system to a kid. Thanks David Macaulay!

    23. Everyone needs to use a toilet everyday. The detailed cut-away diagrams show how it works, and where it sends all the waste. Combining the gross factor with lots of information, this is a great nonfiction book for young readers. Reviewer 12.

    24. Interesting, but doesn't quite overcome the hurdle between "a simple, illustrated explanation" and "a textbook for kids."

    25. Fantastic. Clear, informative (boy is it informative), and full of Macaulay's perfect dry wit. My favorite line in the book is "Clever toilet."

    26. A brilliant combination of Macaulay's detailed illustrations and easy-to-read text for beginning readers.

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