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What Breathes Through Its Butt?: Mind-Blowing Science Questions Answered

Bloomsbury. Nov. 2020. 224p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781547604524.
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Gr 3-7–Grossman provides an outstanding question-and-answer science book filled with delightful facts that will engage young readers. Thirty questions with four optional answers are featured. On the path to the correct answer, Grossman shares additional facts about related topics, all of which lead to the mind-blowing correct answer. For example, in the section “What part of your body can’t feel any pain?,” the text before the answer states, “The skin on the end of your elbow, called the wenis, is so thick and tough that it contains practically no nerve endings or pain receptors.” The format results in a reading experience that feels like a silly story rather than a collection of random facts. Kids will laugh at the jokes and humor; sections about poop and other gross facts will appeal to reluctant readers. Bowsher’s fantastic illustrations, which include children with darker skin tones and textured hair, bring each fact to life and add energy to the absorbing text. Text bubbles and an eye-catching layout make the information attractive. A table of contents is included.
VERDICT A must-read for every curious child; purchase for all libraries.

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