Thursday, March 27, 2014

50 Body Questions

 50 Body Questions: A Book That Spills Its Guts

By Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

Published by Annick Press, February 2014

There s nothing about this book *not* to love, whether you are a child or an adult.

Although aimed at children, the facts are fascinating for adults too, and presented in exciting and unusual ways; I am used to seeing that the lengthy of the unravelled small intestine equals so many football pitches, which is of no real use to me as I have no idea how long a football pitch is anyway! Being told that that the straightened out small intestine is the same height as a two-storey building makes it much easier for me to visualise.

Snot, spit, poop and digestion start the book off, including a page on how to make your own synthetic snot, should you feel so inclined. Circulation and respiration are well-covered, as are bones, muscles, how the body fights off infection, how the senses work and exactly how the nervous system functions.

All in glorious colour and well-illustrated, this is a super, simply-written book for children interested in how the body works.

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