The World of Poo
(in full Terry Pratchett presents Miss Felicity Beedle's The World of Poo
) is a sort of follow-up to Where's My Cow?
, a children's book-slash-Discworld artifact based on a book that Sam Vimes reads to his son. Young Sam being older, the book is aimed at kids rather than toddlers. (In Snuff
, Vimes reflects that Miss Beedle knows exactly what will make a six-year-old boy laugh until he's sick.) Unlike Where's My Cow?
, which is a story about
the story, World of Poo
is told "straight", just the way Young Sam would read it.
It tells the story of a young boy named Geoffrey, who travels to Ankh-Morpork from a small town in the Sto Plains, and quickly becomes fascinated by the wide range of poo that exists in the city, beginning a poo collection.
This book contains examples of:
- Animals Lack Attributes: Widdler has a dot for an anus in a couple of illustrations, as does a rabbit seen hopping behind the shed where Geoffrey keeps his poo museum.
- Artistic License - Biology: Grand-mama claims that pearl are oyster poo. Technically, they're more like oyster pimples: blobs of secretion built up around irritating particles embedded in the body's surface.
- Brick Joke: In previous Discworld novels, Vimes refers to the Sunshine Sanctuary's dragon-caretakers as "Interchangeable Emmas". Geoffrey meets two of the Sanctuary's staff, and they're both named Emma.
- Collector of the Strange: Geoffrey's poo collection.
- Continuity Nod: Lots of them.
- Defictionalization: The book was originally a fictional book in Snuff.
- Footnote Fever: The in-universe author, Felicity Beedle, shares Pterry's love of this trope, both for informative and humorous purposes.
- Fowl-Mouthed Parrot: The proprietor of the candy shop owns one, although he claims it only tells people to piss off if it likes them.
- Head Pet: Subverted by Old Pediment, who wears a pigeon decoy on his head to fool real ones into assuming he's only a statue of a gargoyle, and safe to land on.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: Ostensibly the work of Miss Felicity Beedle, who appears as a character in Snuff.
- Long Title: The full version, including the names of both real and fictional author.
- Nobody Poops: Averted on practically every page.
- Solid Gold Poop: Ting-Tang-Bang cats' feces are used to make fireworks. Harry King turns a profit from ordinary poop and pee, selling their compounds for agricultural and industrial purposes.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Cruder terms for poo are deftly avoided, but "piss" is not.
- Toilet Humour: The central theme of the book.
- Unusual Euphemism: In Harry King's profession, "paperwork" does not refer to business documents.
- Urine Trouble: How Widdler the puppy gets his name. Technically, the bird-dropping that lands on Geoffrey's head also counts, as it contains both urine and feces.