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Children's Nonfiction Biology


The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read about Eating

by (author) Diane Swanson

illustrated by Rose Cowles

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Initial publish date
Apr 2001
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2001
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2001
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9


The unique Mysterious You series explores the mysteries of the human body using an exciting mix of thoroughly researched information, amazing anecdotes and surprising try-it activities.

In Burp!, kids discover all kinds of fascinating facts about food and eating, such as what food is made of, how your body breaks it down, why you have cravings, how sight and smell affect what you taste and lots more.

Did you know?

  • You use energy even when you are asleep — 65 calories an hour, in fact.
  • France’s Michel Lotito (a.k.a. Mr. Eat Everything) eats bicycles, chandeliers, wooden coffins and light airplanes for a living!

About the authors

Diane Swanson has been researching and writing nature books for children for over 25 years. Her work has been recognized with many awards, including the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Her titles have been regularly selected for the “our choice” list by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. A frequent guest speaker at conferences on nature for kids, she lives in Victoria, B.C.

Diane Swanson's profile page

Rose Cowles is the illustrator of the award-winning Puppies on Board. She has a big black dog named Rosie. She loves animals and can paint eleven puppies and a dog over and over again so that you can recognize them on every page. "I love painting," she says. "It keeps me happy and that's the best gift I can give to my kids." It's a pretty good gift for everyone else as well! Rose also illustrated The F Team for Orca. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Rose Cowles' profile page


  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner, Informal Education Product of the Year Award, Museum Tour
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Short-listed, Young Adults' Choices, International Reading Association
  • Winner, Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Burp! The most interesting book you’ll ever read about eating is for children who can read well and digest, so to speak, considerable amounts of material. To sugar the medicine, basic facts are accompanied by stories worthy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Though Rose Cowles’s illustrations are of the Simpsons school of esthetics, they are nevertheless informative and entertaining.

The National Post

Bold illustrations enhance this fact-filled book about the human digestive system, explaining how food is broken down, how sense and sight affect taste, and more.

Books for Growing Minds

Burp! is an awesome science book about eating and the digestive system. A real gas for kids 7 – 10.

Toronto Star

Everything and anything anyone could want to know about the fine art of eating and the concomitant processes of digestion and elimination are presented in an engaging, amusing way in Burp! Beyond the obvious are sidebars that include the feats of speed-eater Thomas Carson – 22 hamburgers and two litres of ice cream in 25 minutes – and of Walter Hudson of New York, who weighed 1,197 pounds.

The Globe and Mail

[Burp!] reveals how the everyday occurrence of eating is actually a fascinating scientific event. With captivating illustrations and try-it-yourself tests, this book – appropriate for ages 9 to 14 - is sure to engage any reader.

Science News

In Burp! Swanson explains the functions of the human body parts using a combination of facts, anecdotes and child-oriented experiments. Both books feature cartoon illustrations.

Publishers Weekly

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