Gr 5-7- The most riveting pop-up tour of human anatomy since Jonathan Miller's classic Human Body (Viking, 1983; o.p.) kicks off with two glitzy special effects-a cutaway brain with a push-button cascade of sparkles on the cover, then the sound of a beating heart triggered by fully opening the first spread-and goes on for a seven-spread survey of the body's systems and cell biology. Labels, captions, and blocks of text in various sizes and weights have been tucked into every available niche around digitally generated images of (clothed) bodies, body parts, and schematic views, along with occasional small color photos, several acetate overlays, and pop-ups of the chest cavity, a skull, and the digestive system. Smaller flaps lift to show, for instance, closed and open vocal cords. The pages look crowded but not jumbled, and corresponding verbal and visual information is clearly linked. There are some omissions, for instance the fifth kind of taste, "umami," but in general the basics are covered-and in dramatic ways that are certain to compel young readers to find out more. A sure thing for display, for casual browsing, and to crank science units up a notch.-John Peters, New York Public LibraryCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Alive: The Living, Breathing Human Body Bookby DK Publishing, Philip Fitzgerald
Forget heavy reference books, forget streamlined linear narratives, open your eyes and be amazed by the creativity of DK's human body book for kids-this book quite literally comes to life off and on the page. Travel through the body's systems using a host of novelty features, from pop-ups, flaps, sound chips, acetate, pull-tabs, and fiber optics that illustrate, inform, stimulate, and entertain. There's something for all the family in this graphic portrayal of the human body.
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- Age Range:
- 8 - 13 Years
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