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The Brain Is Kind of a Big Deal

Scholastic/Orchard. Oct. 2019. 40p. glossary. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338167009.
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Gr 3-5–Seluk intermingles simple information on the role of the brain and how we learn with silly, humorous comics-style illustrations. A round pink brain wearing square glasses tries to make the other organs behave. A smart fact section on this page explains involuntary vs. voluntary functions. Some organs might be difficult for youngsters to recognize in the illustrations. Color pages help the text stand out, and every inch of the book is used.
VERDICT Though some of the humor will fly over kids’ heads, they will enjoy the silliness. Paired with Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak, this is a winner.

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