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Everyone Poops  
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Hardcover English 1st ed.
Author Tarō Gomi
Original title Minna Unchi
Translator Amanda Mayer Stinchecum
Illustrator Tarō Gomi
Cover artist Tarō Gomi
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Series Kagaku no Tomo Kessaku-shū in Japan,
My Body Science in the USA
Genre(s) Children's non-fiction literature
Publisher Kane/Miller (Eng. trans)
Publication date 1977
Published in
March 1, 1993
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 27 pp[1]
ISBN ISBN 978-0916291457 (first English edition, hardcover)

Everyone Poops is the title of US editions of the English translation (by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum) of Minna Unchi (みんなうんち?), a Japanese children's book written and illustrated by the prolific children's author Tarō Gomi and first published in Japan by Fukuinkan Shoten in 1977 within the series Kagaku no Tomo Kessaku-shū (i.e. Masterpieces of the friends of science).

The English translation has been published in the US by Kane/Miller, within the series "My Body Science", and by Scholastic. In Britain, the book is titled Everybody Poos and is published by Frances Lincoln.

The book tells children that all animals defecate, and that they have always done so.

The book has also been translated into Spanish and Thai.



Everyone Poops is essentially plotless.[2] The first sixteen pages contain various prompts regarding defecation in animals such as opposites ("An elephant makes a big poop" and "[a] mouse makes a tiny poop"), comparisons (that various species produce various sizes and shapes of poop) and questions ("What does whale poop look like?").[3][4]

On the seventeenth page, a nameless boy with black overalls and a red shirt is introduced, seen running into a bathroom. The book then goes on to explain how people of all ages, from adult to very young child, defecate, and how infants may use diapers.[5][4] After that, there are only three more illustrations that lack the nameless overall-clad boy.[6] The next page of the book, in which the child uses toilet paper and flushes the toilet, refers to the boy as "He", the only time in the story when the child is referred to as a singular entity (other accompanying images denote children in general, even though only the boy is shown).[7][8] The final portion of the book explains that because every animal eats, they must therefore defecate, and the book ends with rear views of the boy and six different animals defecating and the words "Everyone Poops".[9][10]


Everyone Poops was written by Tarō Gomi, and first published by Tokyo-based Fukuinkan Shoten as Minna Unchi in 1977.[11]


  • (Japanese) Minna Unchi (みんなうんち). Kagaku no Tomo Kessaku-shū (かがくのとも傑作集). Tokyo: Fukuinkan Shoten (福音館書店), 1977. For later printings, ISBN 4834008487.
  • (English) Everyone Poops. Trans. Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. My Body Science. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kane/Miller, 1993. ISBN 0916291456.
  • (English) Everyone Poops. Trans. Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. La Jolla: Kane/Miller, 2001. ISBN 192913214X. New York: Scholastic, 2004. ISBN 043972659X.
  • (English) Everybody Poos. Trans. Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. London: Frances Lincoln, 2002. ISBN 0711220468. London: Frances Lincoln, 2004. ISBN 1845072588
  • (Spanish) Todos hacemos caca. Trans: Leopoldo Iribarren. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kane/Miller, 1997. ISBN 0916291774
  • (Thai) ʻƯ. Krung Thēp: Samnakphim Phrǣo Phư̄an Dek, 1995. ISBN 9748920003. Krungthēp: ʻAmmarin, 2003. ISBN 9742470367.

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  1. ^ "Everyone Poops, My Body Science Series, Taro Gomi, Book". Barnes & Noble. 2009. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Everyone should have a copy of Everyone Poops". Epinions. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  3. ^ Gomi 1993, pp. 1–16
  4. ^ a b Gennari, Jennifer. "Book Review: Everyone Poops". Disney Family Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  5. ^ Gomi 1993, pp. 18–19
  6. ^ Gomi 1993, pp. 20–22
  7. ^ Gomi 1993, p. 23
  8. ^ Gomi 1993, p. 18
  9. ^ Gomi 1993, pp. 24–27
  10. ^ "「みんなうんち」" (in Japanese). EhonNavi. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  11. ^ "About Fukuinkan Shoten". Fukuinkan Shoten. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 

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