50 Body Questions: A Book That Spills Its Guts

illus. by Ross Kinnaird. 108p. chart. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. notes. Annick. 2014. lib. ed. $22.95. ISBN 9781554516131; pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781554516124.
Gr 4–6—A humorous look at the human body. This title provides answers to 50 questions through seven cleverly titled chapters, each dedicated to a different topic, such as "That Takes Guts" for digestion, "Blood Ties" for the brain and lung, and "Gray Matters" for the brain. While answers are brief and succinct, readers will find themselves amused by the witty illustrations and inspired to seek more detailed sources. Text boxes disguised as blood spatter "Body Bytes" and band aid–covered areas expand upon the answers and give information on key people and events. Each chapter concludes with a related "Body Busters" activity that can be completed with basic supplies, including making synthetic snot and testing balance and reflexes. A fun and quirky romp through human anatomy.—Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ

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