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Earthlings Inside and Out: A Space Alien Studies the Human Body

Earthlings Inside and Out: A Space Alien Studies the Human Body

by Dusan Petricic

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A non-fiction book for children


A non-fiction book for children

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Danoid, from the Planet Memo, lands on Earth and receives permission from Central Command to study its life forms. In spite of a promising beginning, the book quickly degenerates into a confused array of cartoons; lame dialogue; and occasional anatomically correct drawings of muscles, bones, and organs. More puzzling than the odd format are the suggested science-fair ideas: one involves using a bent paper clip on various parts of a friend's body, including the tongue and lip. Another experiment instructs readers to have several people eat corn and ask them to time how long it takes the undigested corn to pass through their bodies. The text is full of forced (and unfunny) attempts at silliness and the full-color illustrations are oddly lifeless cartoons of children with big ears and an alien that looks like a vacuum cleaner. Jeanne Willis's Earthlets (Dutton, 1989) does a better job with the same idea.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
This book immediately captures the imagination of elementary school students in its portrayal of the first encounter between a space Memoid named Danoid and an earthling named Pete (Pinocchio). As the two become better acquainted, humorous drawings and text describe Danoid's difficulty in understanding a living, growing organism. Accompanying Danoid's examination of Pete's makeup are colorful crosssectional diagrams of the skin, brain, ear, eye, bone, and heart, as well as illustrations of the digestive, muscoskeletal, and respiratory systems. Simple experiments designed to answer Danoid's questions regarding Pete's senses, sensitivity, digestion, muscles, heart rate, and respiration are also presented. EARTHDATABANK facts maintained by the planet Memo about earthling anatomy and physiology provide valuable information, as do Danoid's reports to "the Commander." The table of contents and an index make it easy to locate specific topics. A glossary of terms and a list of recommended further readings would be beneficial. Highly Recommended, Grades 36. REVIEWER: Beatrice C. Blackman (WyethAyerst Research) ISBN: 1550745115
Kirkus Reviews
Wyatt (The Science Book for Girls, 1997, etc.) adopts an alien's-eye-view of earthlings, comparing the human body with that of a friendly lifeform from outer space. A cartoon anatomical outline charts the alien Danoid's first encounter with Pete. Danoid labels hands as primary manipulatives, feet as planet connectors, and knees, multidirectional movement facilitators. Earthling skin, hair, brains, bones, muscles, and organs are measured by these compare-and-contrast standards, delivering information along the way. Sifting through a flurry of text, readers will stumble upon headings marked "Science Fair Ideas," consisting of simple, at-home experiments such as tracking one's pulse with a dab of modeling clay or smelling foods that have strong odors. While the concept is attention-getting, and often humorous, the actual information is often overwhelmed by distracting asides, experiments, and reports filed to Danoid's commander; this compendium may be more worthwhile for browsers than researchers. (diagrams, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)

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Kids Can Press, Limited
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.63(d)
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Dusan Petric is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator whose books include The Enormous Potato and Lickety-Split. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Valerie Wyatt is an award-winning editor and writer and the author of more than 14 nonfiction children?s books, many of them about science. Her FAQ Weather won the 2000 Science in Society Award, and in 2004 she received the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. Valerie lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and her dog, MacPherson.

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