Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: 50 Body Questions A Book That Spills Its Guts by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Ross Kinnaird


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Unbelievable facts about an amazing specimen -- YOU!
Most of us eat, run, or sleep without thinking about it. But our bodies are masterful machines of intricate design that perform amazing feats daily.
The fifth book in Annick's successful 50 Questions series guides readers through the details of how our bodies function, from the miracles of genetics, to immune cells shaped like sea monsters.
With her engaging, lucid style, Lloyd Kyi incorporates recent scientific research to explain our body's complex workings. Kids will love finding the answers to questions such as:
Do blood cells travel single file? (In our capillaries, blood cells have to squeeze through one at a time.) How is your spine like a racetrack? (Messages race down the nerves in your spinal cord faster than a NASCAR driver.) Is your brain like plastic? (Your brain's ability to change is called "plasticity.") Can your lungs take a hike? (Your lungs and blood vessels adapt to altitude changes.) Are there aliens inside you? (The invasion of microscopic living organisms started the moment you were born.)
You'll discover how people avoided epidemics in ancient Pakistan and why your goldfish can see things you can't. Hilarious illustrations will keep kids laughing as they learn.
About the Contributors
Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the popular author of numerous books for young readers. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Ross Kinnaird is an illustrator who has worked in London, Sydney, and Hong Kong. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

MY TAKE:
I like reading the 50 Questions books because even if I know a lot about a particular subject, I always still learn something new.

In 50 Body Questions, readers get to learn the answers to questions pertaining to the body and its functions. There are also anecdotes and activities for readers to try, and a glossary and suggested books for those who would like additional information.

Even though most of the things mentioned in the book were things I already knew, it was nice to see some information that was new to me. Mostly, these were ones about studies like the one that found out that people from different countries recognize faces differently. For example, the Chinese tend to focus on the center of the face, while Europeans tend to focus on the eyes and mouth.

My favorite parts of the book were the anecdotes because they tended to be interesting stories and most of them were something I haven't heard before.

The illustrations, on the other hand, though not really my style, were pretty funny so I always still looked at them whenever they appeared.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd. for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's very informative.
  2. The anecdotes are interesting.
  3. The activities will help kids understand the topics better. 

THE BAD:

  1. Since there are only 50 questions, some kids may still have questions after they read the book.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Scientists have discovered that people in different countries recognize faces in different ways.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is inquisitive.
  2. You or your child want to learn more about the human body.
  3. You like reading interesting stories and anecdotes. 

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