Book Description

From School Library Journal Grade 5?9?This eye-catching interactive journey into the human body features spinning wheels, flaps, foldouts, diagrams, electron-microscope photos, X-ray images, and more. The fact-filled text printed in white on solid black backgrounds incorporates an introductory paragraph on each topic, a multitude of captions for the many illustrations, and 'Facts' boxes to present snippets to absorb while pulling those tabs and spinning those wheels. Topics covered include the expected and requested: respiration, digestion, muscles, hormones, reproduction, etc. The latter simply sports a wheel showing stages in fetal development, a prenatal ultrasound scan, a pair of diagrams of male and female reproductive organs, and an electron microscope photo of an egg surrounded by sperm. (The section on hormones is equally discreet.) The information covered is in keeping with what kids request for reports, and in sound bites brief enough to keep attention spans in focus (if it weren't for the distraction of those pop-ups and pull tabs). The paper engineering is attractive but fragile, some of the tabs will be torn off in a trice, and the binding is ultra-delicate?but oh, the fun of lifting off the layers of the brain!?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more From Booklist Well-endowed with flaps, gatefolds, sliding effects, and pop-ups, this quick tour of our insides and outsides makes an irresistibly hands-on introduction to body organs and systems. The art is a mix of heavily processed photos and sharply detailed cutaway digital paintings?all of which, along with the white captions, labels, and terse commentary, seems to pop up, too, thanks to deep black backgrounds.?The 3-D heart, skull, and face open up with a pull, revealing interiors that sometimes have flaps of their own to lift. Though the text is uneven, ranging from notes on the specific functions of major muscles and a decently coherent overview of physical changes over time to throwaway comments?such as?Thymus cells tell white blood cells to recognize and kill bacteria, it?s unlikely that the words will draw as much attention as the images and moving parts. Though not the most durable addition to the anatomy section, this book, in the Discoverology series, is likely to be one of the more popular. Grades 4-7. --John Peters Read more See all Editorial Reviews