Spanish / Chile
Giménez de Ory, Giménez de Ory
Ballesteros, Carles (illus.)
Santiago, Chile: Liebre, 2018. –  p.
Animals | Excrement | Non-fiction | Picture book | Pop-up book
White Ravens issue: 2019
Reading age: 3+
“¡Puf!”, “¡Piu!” and “¡Crack!” are the titles of a non-fiction book series for very young children by new publisher Ediciones Liebre. With their small, quadratic format, made of sturdy cardboard, and featuring a simple, robust pop-up mechanism, these books are very well-suited to be manipulated repeatedly, to be opened, read, and looked at. “¡Puf!” is dedicated to the topic of “poop”. Rabbit, sheep, sloth, beetle, seagull, hippo, and whale describe the specifics of their respective excretions in an uninhibited, factual, and natural way. Sheep, we learn, pop out little cubes, while whales defecate red. And the dung beetle even feeds on the excrement of other animals. The final two pages briefly list additional information about each of the animals featured. Every animal gets two double-spreads and, charmingly, it is only after turning to the second page that we learn which animal is behind the poop just described. The cheerful, funny pictures contribute to the playful, relaxed character of this book.