The Adventures of Medical Man: Kids' Illnesses and Injuries Explained

The Adventures of Medical Man: Kids' Illnesses and Injuries Explained

by Michael Evans, Michael Martchenko, Gareth Williams

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Being sick or injured is no fun for children, but not knowing what is happening may be worse.


Being sick or injured is no fun for children, but not knowing what is happening may be worse.

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The writing and illustrations are energetic and lively and the medical facts...are woven seamlessly into the storyline.
Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Nothing gets Mike Danger, M.D.'s wheels spinning like a mystery. Solving cases when children are sick is right up his alley. He carries a bag...a doctor's bag. As a private investigator, he solves cases to help kids understand six common sicknesses: concussion, nut allergy, broken bones, strep throat, ear infection and asthma. His adventures begin with a girl who has fallen off her bike and has a concussion. Next he treats a boy for an allergic reaction to nuts. The episode on broken bones will make the reader shiver, and the one on strep throat will have kids roaring with laughter. His top secret episode: "For your ears only" gives great description of the inside of the ear, and the asthma episode would rival Indiana Jones. The artwork and plot of the book is both extraordinary and astounding. The six episodes are a mixture of medical information with outrageously funny comics and adventures of "Medical Man." The stories will definitely hold the reader's interest, and kids will want to read the book over and over. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Using tangible experiences that kids can relate to, this book does a fantastic job of explaining common medical issues in an accessible way. A variety of heroic characters explain otherwise complicated and seemingly scary conditions and occurrences. Through the use of science fiction, adventure, and comics, the book covers nut allergies, concussions, broken bones, strep throat, ear infections, and asthma. For example, the immune system's reaction to allergies is illustrated in terms of an impending alien attack during which security turns on everyone, even the good guys. This happens while one of the characters is having a reaction to nuts, so one is used to explain the other. The fictional stories are interspersed with brief factual articles on the topics that are being discussed. The extensive glossary is straightforward and user-friendly. The pumped-up graphic illustrations are extremely engaging and further bring these otherwise abstract concepts to life. While the stories are inventive and entertaining, the medical facts are at the forefront, and readers will come away thinking about these conditions in a whole new way. This is a great approach to educating kids about health issues.—Kerry Roeder, The Brearley School, New York City

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Annick Press, Limited
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Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Michael Evans writes a health column for Canada's Globe and Mail and is an associate professor at the University of Toronto and a staff physician at Toronto Western Hospital.

David Wichman is a book editor and teacher who has also written for television. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Gareth Williams is an illustrator based in South Africa.

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