Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review: Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks

From bones to skin and everything in between, Human Body Theater takes readers on a fascinating and highly educational tour of the body in comics format!
Welcome to the Human Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each "act." By turns
goofy and intensely informative, the Human Body Theater is always accessible and always entertaining.
Maris Wicks is a biology nerd, and by the time you've read this book, you will be too! Harnessing her passion for science (and her background as a science educator for elementary and middle­school students), she has created a comics ­format introduction to the human body that will make an expert of any reader ­­ young or old!
Maris Wicks lives with fellow human Joe Quinones and their cat, Biggs, in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has harnessed the power of her various biological systems to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. Wicks is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. When she's not making comics, Wicks works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She's especially proud of her pulmonary system.

It's always nice to find a good book that makes learning fun for kids.

In Human Body Theater, readers learn more about the body through a theater revue that's hosted by a skeleton. Participants in the show include not only the organs of the body, but other things like bacteria and viruses as well.

If you have a school-age child, you should definitely consider getting him/her this book. It contains pretty much everything a child, or even an adult, would want to know about the human body. There's even information in here about some diseases and symptoms that can affect the different systems of the body, like asthma and allergies. I also liked that there were some practical information here, like the difference between a sprain and a strain and finding and measuring your pulse rate. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of some of the details here. It's not something I expected a children's book to have, but maybe the curriculum has gotten more advanced over the years. even if it hasn't, there's still plenty of useful stuff here that means kids will be able to use this book even when they're older.

My college degree is medicine-related, so I was familiar with all the information listed here. However, even if you or your child isn't particularly good or interested in science, you will still enjoy this book. The book is very funny and entertaining. It was able to explain information in a way that wasn't boring and made it easy to remember. This makes me think that this would be a great review book or pre-lessons book for kids in school.

A lot of the characters were quite cute, and those that weren't cute were mostly funny. Really, there's not much that you won't like here.

Thanks to NetGalley and First Second for the e-ARC.


  1. It's filled with interesting and useful information.
  2. It makes learning fun and the facts easier to remember.
  3. The characters are cute and charming. 


  1. Some of the information may be too advanced for younger kids to understand right away. 


  1. You have an inquisitive child.
  2. You have a school-aged child.
  3. Your child thinks reading non-fiction books is boring. 




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