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The Moose with Loose Poops    by Charlotte Cowan Amazon.com order for
Moose with Loose Poops
by Charlotte Cowan
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Hippocratic Press, 2009 (2009)
Hardcover
*   Reviewed by Michelle York

It is possible to write a good children's book on just about any topic even poop. In fact, Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi is not just a good book it's a classic. That book skillfully mixes fun illustrations, an easy story and a biological message elevating it to something that should be on every child's bookshelf. (Or near every potty seat.)

Now another children's author (and pediatrician), Charlotte Cowan, has published The Moose with Loose Poops. This is part of a medical series published by Dr. Cowan under her own publishing house, The Hippocratic Press.

The story is straightforward. A little moose named Miles develops a stomach bug and spends an unpleasant couple of days vomiting and having diarrhea. Miles is unnerved by the illness, but his parents and doctor reassure him. A short time later he feels better.

Dr. Cown seeks to reassure new, nervous parents and she includes a pull-out guide in the back of the book advising them how to act in real-life cases. Though obviously she has good intentions, Dr. Cown's book is something of a stinker. The illustration of Miles' first vomit is gross and the story is otherwise unremarkable. There is nothing cute, entertaining, or biologically interesting here.

Some illnesses might need their own hardcover book costing parents $17.95, but a 24-hour virus should not be one of them.

It's best to wash your hands of this book.

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