Emily Enzyme and a host of unforgettable characters lead a little girl on an amazing journey of her digestive system in the book, Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo, from occupational therapist and nutrition enthusiast Jan Maximov Condon.
Scientifically accurate without being overly detailed, Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo uses colorful illustrations and giggle-inducing rhymes (“It’s our most important duty: We make things happen in your booty.”) to introduce audiences as young as 2 years old to the existence of gut microbes and their vital role in our overall health.
“I was 55 when I learned I had a universe inside me, and that I could help myself by my food choices,” Condon said during a recent interview.
In Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo, Lulu is feeling anxious about her upcoming school science report. She falls asleep and dreams that she swallows herself! Emily Enzyme takes Lulu on an “incredible digestible” tour, first through the small intestine, where Lulu meets Abby Acidophilus and dances the Acidophilus Hula. In the colon, Lulu meets Benny Bifidus, the King of Poo, who tells her, “Here we are – we all work together. If you take care of us – we’ll help you forever!” (song: “Do the Acidophilus Hula!” on http://janmaxcon.com/)
Condon’s second book, Lulu How Do You? (How Do You What? Be Good to Your Gut!) is a graphic novel suitable for children 8 years old and up that builds upon the concepts from the first book. Lulu How Do You? follows Lulu on another adventure during which she asks the digestive organs and microbes about their favorite and least favorite foods — and why. It’s a lesson about the effects that sugar and toxins can have on the body.
Both stories are brought to life through brilliant and playful illustrations by Steve Ferchaud and Chris Ficken. With glossaries and pronunciation guides, Condon’s books are as educational as they are entertaining and aim to increase awareness from a young age about the importance of our gut microbiome and making healthy food choices.
Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo
Lulu How Do You? (How Do You What? Be Good to Your Gut!)
Both books are available from Amazon.com.
About the Author
Jan Maximov Condon is a part-time occupational therapist with a keen interest in nutrition for wellness. Her passion to share her important message about gut microbes came from personal experience: the overuse of antibiotics in childhood and the problems it led to. Condon and her husband, Frank, live in Chico, California, where they enjoy brisk, long walks, yoga and the joy of being alive. Condon is 81 years young and can still stand on her head!