My son took one look at the cover of this book and exclaimed ” I have always wanted this book, thanks Mom!” and away he scampered to read it. While it does resemble the book he wanted on the outside, with the cutout see-through human body showing some of the goods, so to say, it is much more in-depth and informative. There are a lot of books on the human body for kids, but this one is exceptionally well done. Cartoons are interspersed here and there to grab attention, as well as colorful and informative pictures.
I especially enjoyed the model of the intestines done strictly in long balloons, the type balloon animals are created out of, and we spent a while as a family reading and learning the how’s, where’s and why’s of what happens to our food once we eat it. I liked that it was not exceptionally graphic, no really gory real life pictures that kids can just plain do without at younger ages. Oh heck, I’ll admit it; I myself can do without the graphic pictures of real inner body parts. So I appreciated the thought and artistic talent that went into using other means to describe the inner workings of our bodies.
To see some of the inside pages, click here to visit DK’s website, there are 4 page spreads to view.
This is an excellent reference book to have at home, for book reports that will definitely come up in school, for home schooling or just for us adults to read and refresh our knowledge and learn a thing or two!
Reading level: ages 7 and up, younger ages with an adult guide
Page Count: 256
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, 01 Oct 2009
Publisher’s synopsis: Open up the shiny cover and show your child how all the bony, bloody and squelchy goings on inside their bodies make it work.
They’ll get the lowdown on everything from human cells and senses to brain structure and body systems. Take a trip through the history of medicine and body science from Hippocrates to the Human Genome Project. Find out more about left-handedness, memory tricks and what sensory skills are needed to be a professional food taster!
Quirky twists and concepts tick the side-splitting box – where else are they going to find the digestive system modelled out of balloons, dinosaurs checking out a human skeleton in a museum, or a cartoon strip telling the story of the discovery of penicillin?
A gutsy, cheeky, sick, hip, nosey, heady, handy, mouth-watering and eye-catching look at the human body!
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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