The Human Body

illus. by Mike Lowery. 160p. (Ken Jennings' Junior Genius Guides). S. & S./Little Simon. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781481401746; ebk. $7.99. ISBN 9781481401753. LC 2014005180.
Gr 3–5—Jeopardy champion of champions, Ken Jennings, is back with another "Junior Genius Guide" and this one is a doozy. In it, he takes readers through an intimate look at the human body in all its glory and grossness. The style is extremely lively with fun facts ("Did you know that your brain is 60% fat, making it the fattiest organ in your body?") along with precise research and spot-on humor. Throughout, Jennings encourages a healthy diet and exercise and includes experiments and activities, including making peanut butter fingers. Lowery's illustrations are cartoonish and goofy and will certainly engage even the most reluctant of readers. Sprinkled through the various chapters are several short quiz questions with answers in the back of the book. There is also a "final exam" at the end.
VERDICT This entire series is excellent; this engaging volume about the human body is a first purchase.

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