It's Spit-acular!
by Melissa Stewart
Benchmark Books, 2009
for Grades 3-5
ISBN 978-0-76144-163-2
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Blasts of Gas The Eyes Have It! Germ Wars!
Give Me a Hand Here We Grow Moving and Grooving
Now Hear This! Pump It Up! The Skin You're In
Up Your Nose! You've Got Nerve  
The Secrets of Saliva
The lively, conversational tone and blend of photos and cartoon-style art make It’s Spit-Acular: The Secrets of Saliva a perfect blend of fun facts and serious science learning about how much humans and other animals depend on the watery stuff swishing around in our mouths. Here at last—a book that’s irreverent enough to captivate young readers, yet authoritative enough to win the praise of teachers, librarians, and parents.
Honors and Awards
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator/Anna Cross Giblin Nonfiction Research Grant
Research Notes
“This is the book that started the Gross and Goofy Body series. At first, I planned to write just one book about spit. The idea came from an article I read in Natural History magazine in 2004. It describes some of the amazing ways animals use spit—to build homes, to attract mates, to heal wounds. I was fascinated and knew kids would be too.

“There are so many straightforward kids’ books about health and the human body. I saw the topic of spit as a way to draw upon kids’ natural curiosity about themselves and other creatures. After doing tons of research and writing a sample manuscript, several publishers rejected the idea. A friend suggested that I create a whole series that looked at all the major body systems in a whole new way. I revised my proposal and editors immediately started to get interested.”

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