comments 3

Señor Caca

Sometimes I think the world might be a much more innocent place if it wasn’t for the internet. I mean, Señor Caca? WTF? I know that this thing would exist with or without the internet, but I’d be in a state of blissful ignorance and innocence if I wouldn’t know about Señor Caca (or Mister Poop for us anglos) walking around in his red beret and plaid pants. And what’s with that rat (?) saying “yum”?

Here’s a quote from the publisher (well, it’s from Amazon, but I guess it’s the ‘synopsis’ of the book):

Caca. Poop. Number two. Kids have a thousand names for it. Don’t they want to know where it comes from? The Fantastic Voyage of Señor Caca shows kids the hows and whys.

A smart wolf in a lab coat leads kids on a journey through their digestive system. A little girl eats an apple for a snack (crunch, crunch), and the apple drops into the esophagus (glug, glug) before a stop in the stomach. At each stop along the way the wolf explains in simple scientific terms what the body is doing. After the pit stop in the stomach, what remains of the apple must enter the small intestine (gurgle, gurgle), then the large intestine, and finally . . . well, you know. Hint: It doesn’t smell like roses here.

This delightful book marries Angèle Delaunois’ kid-sized scientific text with Marie Lafrance’s joyful kinetic illustrations to teach children what really does go on inside their bodies.

And from looking at the ‘suggestions’ there seems to be a whole genre of poop-related childrens’ books: “It hurts when I poop,” the more urgent “Poop Hurts!”,  the mindful “The Gas We Pass”, and, last but not least,  the inquiring “Where’s the poop?” – maybe I’m completely out of the loop, but is this a ‘thing’? I always thought this is one of the first things children discover – food goes in upstairs, poop comes out downstairs – what’s the big fucking deal?

As I said – a more innocent time. I just spent about 20 minutes writing about children’s books on poop.

I think I will go and use my neti pod now.

Advertisements

3 Comments

  1. i don’t know why you’re wasting blog space on more examples of sexist literature.

    what happened to classics like “boys poop; girls puke?” or the explanatory “why boys are stinky: hint, their anuses are not vestigial!” and lastly, the comparative: “why boys have nipples and girls have sphincters” for those who enjoy a lovely discourse on evolutionary biology made accessible for the younger reader.

    the books you quote don’t seem to make a point of differentiating between the sexes and leaves the young female reader to only conclude that it’s “normal” to poop and that they somehow are less than. sigh.

      • no senorita caca.. or as we say in the vernacular: cacacita. but you would know this if the genre of scientific writing about the g.i. tract for the young reader wasn’t so sexist.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s