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School Library Journal - 09/01/2014 Gr 4–6—A humorous look at the human body. This title provides answers to 50 questions through seven cleverly titled chapters, each dedicated to a different topic, such as "That Takes Guts" for digestion, "Blood Ties" for the brain and lung, and "Gray Matters" for the brain. While answers are brief and succinct, readers will find themselves amused by the witty illustrations and inspired to seek more detailed sources. Text boxes disguised as blood spatter "Body Bytes" and band aid–covered areas expand upon the answers and give information on key people and events. Each chapter concludes with a related "Body Busters" activity that can be completed with basic supplies, including making synthetic snot and testing balance and reflexes. A fun and quirky romp through human anatomy.—Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2014 Not for the faint of heart, this offers an unflinching look at the millions of miracles that happen in the human body every day, while never shying away from the gross, the uncomfortable, and the weird. Seven chapters cover such topics as the immune system, digestion, brain functions, and locomotion. Each chapter presents information via inquiries that readers will find irresistible and that frequently challenge common misconceptions and gross curiosities that could be deemed too embarrassing to ask aloud. Questions include “Are molecules smelly?” and “Is there snot in your stomach?” Fun miniature physiology experiments are included throughout. Briefly stated factoids fill the margins, and a glossary of unfamiliar terms is included in the appendix. Cartoon illustrations complete with speech bubble jokes are a hilarious companion to the witty text. With humor, relevance, and fascinating trivia, this book suggests that no topic concerning physiology should be taboo and that, in spite of its ickiness, the human body is truly amazing. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.