Ow, yuck, EEW, ack!

From blisters, bruises, and bleeding to stings, sprains, and broken bones, there are so many things that bother the body. And whether a child has a crummy cold, a ferocious fever, a nasty bite, or a burn from touching a hot stove, pain is confusing and distressing. Why does it feel so bad? Can something make it stop? For all those kids who want to be doctors, scientists, or medical professionals, here’s their first ...

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Ow, yuck, EEW, ack!

From blisters, bruises, and bleeding to stings, sprains, and broken bones, there are so many things that bother the body. And whether a child has a crummy cold, a ferocious fever, a nasty bite, or a burn from touching a hot stove, pain is confusing and distressing. Why does it feel so bad? Can something make it stop? For all those kids who want to be doctors, scientists, or medical professionals, here’s their first introduction to the way the body works.

OUCH! comforts hurting kids by explaining all the different ways they get injured and sick, how their body works, and what parents and doctors can do to make it all better again. It covers all the familiar childhood ailments—upset tummies, sore throats, earaches, allergies, infections, and even poison ivy.

Youngsters can explore the armor (like skin) that keeps the bad stuff out, the warriors that attack the stuff that does get in, and the "maintenance crew" that cleans up the mess and heals them. Whether they want to understand what’s wrong and learn what they can expect, or get ready for a future career in medicine, this information—and the accompanying photos and fun illustrations—will take them there.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Heavily illustrated and written to appeal to a middle-grade audience, this is nevertheless a dense and fact-filled book that may require adult assistance. Process explanations include fairly technical terms. These are defined in the text and in a follow-on glossary; terminology is generally well-illustrated with either photographs or diagrams. For each ailment (e.g., a bee sting, a cold), the format of the short chapter follows the same formula: "First Response" (what to do right away), "What Your Doctor Does" (if a doctor is even needed), "What Your Body Does" (how the body's defenses are responding), "What You Can Do to Prevent..."(whatever the ailment is), and a pain scale rating. There is a grossness factor to engage some readers, as well detailed fun facts about weird ways people have treated ailments in the past as interesting sidelights. Physician review and a solid index bolster the value of this book. This offers kids a reasonably accessible and substantial explanation of what is happening in the body when things go wrong, as well as information about how the body tries to fix them. This would make a nice addition to any middle school or public library. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Rhatigan describes the different ways in which humans become sick or injured, along with how the human body reacts and what can be done to help the healing process. An appropriate disclaimer cautions readers that the book is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis and encourages children to seek an adult when something is wrong. The medical information and terms are clearly explained. Colorful chapter and topic headings nicely organize the information into logical sections. Rhatigan covers parts of the body, bacteria and viruses, poisonous plants, bruises, bleeding, and more. In addition to including the symptoms, the author details how a doctor would treat the problem. Ways to prevent the illness/injury from getting worse are noted, along with a somewhat subjective scale rating the levels of pain readers might feel when experiencing each medical issue. A hefty combination of photographs, diagrams, and drawings augments the informative text, but not all the images are captioned. Owsley uses lots of color in his expressive, playful, and at times cartoon artwork. Unfortunately, the appended glossary does not give pronunciations for terms. The helpful index and table of contents, however, are a plus. Rhatigan and Owsley transform what could be a dry subject into a lively, educational read for children who are curious about common ailments and injuries.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A compendium of low-key medical information for the upper grade school set. Got a headache? A rash? A pulled muscle or a sprained ankle? Disease by disease and injury by injury, this basic medical text takes young readers through various ailments, breaking each one down into a simple explanation of the problem. There's "First Response"--what the child can do to help alleviate the situation; "What Your Doctor Does"--which sometimes includes the advice that a doctor may not be necessary in many cases; "What Your Body Does"--the physiological response to the problem; and "What You Can Do to Prevent…"--common-sense health and safety advice. Often-humorous cartoon illustrations are featured on nearly every spread, along with high-quality color photographs of various ailments (sprained ankle, conjunctivitis, etc.). Each section includes an "Ouch! Pain Scale," a facial icon that indicates the degree of pain caused, although some offer such a range as to seem superfluous. While the explanations are basic and utilize kid-friendly words like germs, puke and poop, this effort also offers solid information, including terms like granulocytes and phagocytosis. These trickier words are defined clearly in the text and included in an extensive glossary. Unfortunately, no references are included. Photo captions are presented in a small, pale orange, italicized text that's challenging to read. A generally attractive and entertaining medical reference that will appeal to inquiring minds. (Nonfiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623540050
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 646,667
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Rhatigan has authored more than fifteen books for children and adults, including DON'T UNRAVEL WHEN YOU TRAVEL and OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD ASTRONOMY. He has also produced several best-selling books and series, including 101 PLACES YOU GOTTA SEE BEFORE YOU'RE 12!, WHITE HOUSE KIDS, and the My Very Favorite Art Book series. Joe has been a poet, a teacher, a marketing manager, and a newspaper boy. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three children.

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