Human Body Factory: The Nuts and Bolts of Your Insides

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Human anatomy has never been as entertaining as this look at a day in the busy human body factory. From the CEO sending out orders in the brain to "waste" being sorted and delivered out of the body at the other end, the busy workers who keep everything running smoothly introduce each ‘department.’ All the major systems are covered, and the ingenious illustrations are packed with  humorous details that kids will love to pore over. All of this amazing artwork is backed up with   fascinating facts and...

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Overview

Human anatomy has never been as entertaining as this look at a day in the busy human body factory. From the CEO sending out orders in the brain to "waste" being sorted and delivered out of the body at the other end, the busy workers who keep everything running smoothly introduce each ‘department.’ All the major systems are covered, and the ingenious illustrations are packed with  humorous details that kids will love to pore over. All of this amazing artwork is backed up with   fascinating facts and clear explanations of the body’s essential processes. Whether it’s toxic signs and workers wearing biohazard suits in the large intestine, lab workers in dinghies mixing gastric juices in the stomach with a giant whisk, or park keepers on the skin keeping things clean among glades of gently swaying hairs and sweat-gland sprinklers, we promise that kids will never think about their bodies in the same way again.

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Publishers Weekly
Using an ingenious body-as-factory metaphor, Green and Davis offer a “wild roller-coaster tour of the cranking, sloshing, pumping parts that keep you alive and kicking!” A bustling crew of miniature pilots, scuba divers, scientists, and others are shown hard at work throughout the body, demonstrating how different systems or organs operate: jet ski riders represent the flow of oxygenated blood away from the heart, while railcars and conveyers truck food through the digestive tract. Dominated by the workers’ thoughts and commentary (“If we don’t get oxygen into the muscle fast, I’m afraid the boss will get a cramp”), it’s an enlightening yet unstuffy guide to the body that begs to be pored over. Includes a large foldout poster of a cutaway body. Ages 7–up. (July)
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This fantastical look at the inner workings of bodies covers a lot of material, including systems, organs, and processes, all using a factory as a metaphor. . . . Numerous speech and thought bubbles build in humor and further details. Labels and occasional diagrams help orient readers. . . . [R]eaders will enjoy browsing this lively title

Publishers Weekly (STARRED)

"A bustling crew of miniature pilots, scuba divers, scientists, and others are shown hard at work throughout the body, demonstrating how different systems or organs operate.Dominated by the workers’ thoughts and commentary it’s an enlightening yet unstuffy guide to the body that begs to be pored over."

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Gr 4–6—This fantastical look at the inner workings of bodies covers a lot of material, including systems, organs, and processes, all using a factory as a metaphor. Each spread, encased in a yellow-and-gray-striped ribbon reminiscent of a construction zone, represents a department. An inset locates the organ or system within a body outline and introduces it. In bright colors, a cross-section of the part(s) under scrutiny is shown with dozens of frenetic workers, pieces of machinery, and equipment presented in small vignettes that illustrate its various functions and features. Numerous speech and thought bubbles build in humor and further details. Labels and occasional diagrams help orient readers. The spreads begin with the brain and proceed in a relatively top-to-bottom order ending with "Reproduction" or the "New Model Planning Unit" and the somewhat incongruous "Pregnancy" or "New Model Production" department. Each panel stands alone, missing opportunities for continuity, although references to other pages are given where appropriate. The busyness of the illustrations mimics the "Where's Waldo" (Candlewick) style and requires close viewing as does the inclusion of Clatterbones, a skeleton that readers are encouraged to locate in many of the spreads. While the frenzy on the pages might not help illuminate the inner workings of the human body, readers will enjoy browsing this lively title.—Carol S. Surges, Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Take an eye-catching journey through the human body, examining various organs and systems. Accurate, relatively detailed information spiced up by a humorous presentation accompanies lively, intricate illustrations of a human body–as-factory, staffed by hundreds of tiny uniformed workers whose dialogue bubbles contain information about the body's functions. "Blood sugar needs to be topped off! I'll send some agents to the liver with messages to release more glucose from its supplies," thinks a worker in the pancreas as he juggles red briefcases of hormonal information to release. The Where's Waldo?–style illustrations and relatively simple text (by comparison to David Macaulay's The Way We Work, 2008, for instance) will keep readers engaged, since there's so much going on. If bodily functions aren't sufficiently interesting for some readers, they can keep busy looking for a tiny skeletal figure hidden on each spread. Amusing trivia--"A dog's olfactory bulbs are about 40 times bigger than a human's"--adds yet another dimension to this surprisingly appealing yet comprehensive romp through anatomy and physiology. A glossary covers some of the more complex terms, but there is no source information. A large fold-out poster that draws together many of the individual systems will enhance understanding. Terrific for classrooms and recreational browsing, this information-packed effort will also appeal to puzzle lovers and those that savor complex illustrations. (Nonfiction. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753468081
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Green, who studied Geology at Cambridge University, is an experienced freelance editor and science writer. He has authored many of the books in the Basher Science series.

 

Edmond Davis studied design in the 1980s and since then, he has embarked on a career as an illustrator. Passionate about technical drawing and the science-fiction subgenre ‘steam punk’, Edmond has worked for a variety of clients, including Penguin and British Gas.

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