Bizarre Things We've Done to Our Bodies

9781491442685. ea vol: 32p. (History of the Bizarre). further reading. glossary. illus. index. photos. reprods. websites. Capstone. 2015. lib. ed. $27.32.
Gr 3–6—The past-tense titles are somewhat misleading, since historical and contemporary examples of each subject are featured. Chapters six-to-eight pages in length discuss aspects of the main topics, using examples of bizarre customs and practices from around the world. Eaten and Medicine are the stronger titles, highlighting the steady progress that has transformed medicine and nutrition. Bodies and Sport emphasize regional and cultural development of body decorations and sports, respectively. Large, serviceable color photos and period illustrations are included. Terms are defined in text boxes, and "Bizarre Facts" sidebars add interesting tidbits. As is typical in this type of book, there's a decent gross-out quotient and terms such as poop, which will draw in readers, but much of this material can be found either in books about specific countries and cultures or in the many extant sets about disgusting topics published in recent years.
VERDICT Additional purchases.
This hi-lo book's content isn't as strange as it could be. The discussion barely scrapes the surface of bizarre, nibbling on such tidbits as contemporary carnival food (e.g., deep-fried Oreos), hardtack from sailing ships, a smattering of historical facts about royalty and banquet customs, and Jell-O. The slight content is enhanced by contemporary and archival photos and illustrations. Reading list. Glos., ind.

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