NONFICTION

Skulls!

Atheneum/S. & S./. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534414006.
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PreS-Gr 2–Thornburgh explains why we have skulls and why they look as they do. A goggle-eyed girl guides readers through crowds and then introduces a variety of folks and animals, some with X-rayed heads. The narrator shows how skulls give heads shape and keep teeth in place, and discusses why there are holes. She notes, “Skulls are not trying to be scary. They can’t help the way they look.” At the book’s conclusion, Thornburgh provides a list of fast facts about skulls, such as body weight percentage and definitions of words such as orbits. Campbell’s watercolor illustrations feature rounded figures involved in various upbeat activities.
VERDICT The carefree tone and tidbits of humor, such as the girl’s love of grilled cheese sandwiches, make this an amusing introduction for young students of the human body

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