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 Brains! : not just a zombie snack
 Author: McAnulty, Stacy

 Publisher:  Holt (2021)

 Dewey: 612.8
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 617216 ISBN: 9781250304049
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Brain
 Nervous system
 Human anatomy

Price: $22.78

Summary:
A zombie chef who has sworn off eating brains salivates over this super powerful organ in this funny and fact-filled picture book. A hilarious introduction to the organ that does it all.

 Illustrator: Rivera, Matthew
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 513631

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/21)
   School Library Journal (09/01/21)
   Booklist (08/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2021 “Let’s take a closer lick—I mean LOOK . . . a closer look at the human brain.” A confirmed expert on the subject—which is to say, a zombie—delivers the scoop on the difference between brains and muscles; the role of brains in learning, and how they take in sensory input (“Your nose isn’t just for picking”); the parts of the brain, from parietal lobe to “mouthwateringly wrinkled” cerebrum; and even the comparative brain sizes of various animals. In Rivera’s engagingly messy cartoon illustrations, a blue-skinned chef struggles to hold back her drool while guiding viewers past informative diagrams and displays to a final roundup of additional notes and sources of information. Younger readers just beginning to wade into these complex bodily topics will “lobe” this approach and will come away appreciating the value of their gray matter well enough to resist the undead narrator’s pleas for a nibble. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 K-Gr 2—A zombie chef decides to give up her favorite food: brains. Since they were her favorite, she knows just about everything about them, like how they work and that the brain is 75 percent water. Even though the brain itself can't feel pain, when we get hurt, the brain sends messages to the parts of our bodies to tell us when we're hurt. She can't wait to share her favorite parts of the brain and what they control. Since the zombie chef has decided not to eat human brains anymore, she tries to look for a substitute, but animal brains aren't nearly as tasty. Brains are extraordinary, so if she can't have them, she won't have anything at all. This picture book takes a fascinating deep dive into everything about the brain. The book is informative and shares fun facts in an understandable way. The art style is reminiscent of children's drawings and scribbles, with a collage-like construction. The illustrations and lively color scheme will connect delightfully with the book's intended audience. VERDICT This exploration of brains and all they have to offer will be an informative and fun addition to library collections.—Myiesha Speight, formerly at Towson Univ., Baltimore - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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