Believe it or not, gross is much more than just farts, vomit, and poop! People all around you do gross things every day — sometimes their job is gross, sometimes their food is gross, and sometimes they think gross is an adventure!
So in this book I decided to take a closer, and grosser, look at all kinds of people who make gross stuff a big part of their day. You may never actually meet these people, but by the end of this book, you're going to feel very close to them. In fact, you're going to be searching for spiders in their salads and picking up their smelly socks.
What? Well, what did you think? This is a gross hidden picture book! You've got to get up close and personal with these folks and find out exactly what it is that makes them special, and especially gross. So sharpen your pencil and your detective skills, and go dig out the gross!
Start hunting in the kitchen, sniffing out cooks who serve up fried tarantula, jellyfish salad, and maggot cheese. Check out the “raw bar” where food is served alive, and then search for edible ears at the “barf buffet” where all the food looks really dead. Keep looking and you'll find the tallow candles that hungry explorers found good enough to eat!
It may take a bit of time travel, but you'll crawl through a Greek wrestling match to pick up the extra eyeballs, track down the dice swallowed by gamblers back in Olde England, and try trapping ravenous rats in the hold of a wooden pirate ship. While you're down there, will ye ferret out the foul smells coming up from the bilge?
Think scientists always work in nice, clean laboratories? Nope! You're going to follow them outside and dig through a landfill for dirty diapers, beat the bushes to pick up ticks, and wade through the jungle to collect ape pee (try not to get wet)!
Finally, you'll be right there with daring doctors who sniff smelly mouths to study bad breath, and pry open skulls to check out the brain … while the patient is still awake! You'll be looking for leeches, finding fingers, and discovering a heap of weird stuff swallowed by dogs! And since you can never quite get away from poops, you'll be measuring piles of those, too.
Yup, from the crafty pioneers who insulated their cabins with manure, to cutting-edge creative artists who use stinky garbage to create their art, you'll be finding the hidden gross in people and places where you just never thought to look!
Good luck, happy hunting, and get ready to GET GROSSED OUT!
— Beth L. Blair
PS. I assure you that the only gross habit I I have is writing gross books!