Sometimes a title can mean everything to a successful book introduction. Not only will this title hook children, but the information inside the book is clearly written and comprehensive. It explains everything from ancient brain surgery to brain functioning, with a thoroughness that will satisfy the need for information. The trivia, layout, and playful illustrations are equally engaging.
Human anatomy books for this age group abound, but this one approaches the topic from the point of view of the brain. Following a brief history of medicine, Parker offers a detailed discussion of the central nervous system. He then describes the other body systems, emphasizing the brain's role in controlling each. For every function, there are illustrated double-page spreads, with short paragraphs on several subtopics. Within each section, there are subsections called "Spare-Part Surgery" and "Spies on Your Insides," describing, respectively, artificial devices that can replace body parts and modern techniques for examining the body. Although the cartoon-style illustrations and a few flip captions ("low-fat, high-fiber French fry" ) may put off some adults, the book is packed with information and has lots of kid appeal.