Everyone Poops

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Everyone Poops
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Hardcover English 1st ed.
AuthorTarō Gomi
Original titleMinna Unchi
TranslatorAmanda Mayer Stinchecum
Cover artistTarō Gomi
SeriesKagaku no Tomo Kessaku-shū in Japan,
My Body Science in the USA
GenreChildren's non-fiction literature
PublisherKane/Miller (Eng. trans)
Publication date
January 17, 1977
Published in English
March 1, 1993
Media typePrint (hardcover & paperback)
Pages27 pp[1]
ISBN978-0-916291-45-7 (first American 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 (かがくのとも傑作集, 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 is intended to relieve shame and embarrassment around the act of defecating by explaining to children that it is a natural part of life.

The book has also been translated into Spanish and Thai.


Everyone Poops does not have a plot. 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?").[2][3]

On the seventeenth page, a 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 adults to very young children, defecate, and how infants may use diapers.[3][4] After that, there are only three more illustrations that do not feature the boy.[5] On the next page of the book, the child uses toilet paper and flushes the toilet.[6][7] 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".[8][9]


Everyone Poops was written by Tarō Gomi, and first published by Tokyo-based Fukuinkan Shoten as Minna Unchi in 1977.[10]

It was acquired by Kane/Miller in 1993. Kane/Miller was later bought by Educational Development Corporation. Everyone Poops is the best-known title sold by the company.[11] This book is sold in the U.S. through traditional bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and on the party plan by independent booksellers.[11]


  • (in 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 4-8340-0848-7. 28 pages in Japanese edition.[12]
  • Everyone Poops. Trans. Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. My Body Science. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kane/Miller, 1993. ISBN 0-916291-45-6.
  • Everyone Poops. Trans. Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. La Jolla: Kane/Miller, 2001. ISBN 1-929132-14-X. New York: Scholastic, 2004. ISBN 0-439-72659-X.
  • Everybody Poos. Trans. Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. London: Frances Lincoln, 2002. ISBN 0-7112-2046-8. London: Frances Lincoln, 2004. ISBN 1-84507-258-8
  • (in Spanish) Todos hacemos caca. Trans: Leopoldo Iribarren. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kane/Miller, 1997. ISBN 0-916291-77-4
  • (in Thai) ʻƯ. Krung Thēp: Samnakphim Phrǣo Phư̄an Dek, 1995. ISBN 974-89200-0-3. Krungthēp: ʻAmmarin, 2003. ISBN 974-247-036-7.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taro Gomi (1993). Everyone poops. Translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum (1st American ed.). Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kane/Miller Book Publishers. ISBN 978-0-916291-45-7.
  2. ^ Gomi 1993, pp. 1–16
  3. ^ a b Gennari, Jennifer. "Book Review: Everyone Poops". Disney Family Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  4. ^ Gomi 1993, pp. 18–19
  5. ^ Gomi 1993, pp. 20–22
  6. ^ Gomi 1993, p. 23
  7. ^ Gomi 1993, p. 18
  8. ^ Gomi 1993, pp. 24–27
  9. ^ 「みんなうんち」 (in Japanese). EhonNavi. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  10. ^ "About Fukuinkan Shoten". Fukuinkan Shoten. 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  11. ^ a b Evatt, Robert (21 June 2014). "Educational Development Corporation succeeds despite Amazon". Tulsa World.
  12. ^ 福音館書店|みんなうんち (in Japanese). Fukuinkan.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2013-05-07.