In Ms. Hansen's classroom the students, who are called the Explorers, are going to learn about how the human heart pumps blood through the body. Zelmans from another planet also join the class because they enjoy learning about the human body. The children put protective shields up. Ms. Hansen clicks the button, and the Explorers are shot directly into the blood stream in order to see precisely what goes on inside the heart. The children learn about platelets, blood cells, the superior vena cava, and many other elements of the circulatory system. The Explorers actually travel through the body and stop at different places at which time the teacher explains what is happening. This is actually a very informative book with excellent illustrations making learning easier. The end of the book has a diagram of the heart, fun facts, a glossary, a list of websites, and information about the author and illustrator. This book is part of a series. Once you have this one, you will want to read the others about the brain, eyes, kidneys, liver, and lungs. Books written in graphic format are favorites of mine! They make it perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. It is also a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction books to young people. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, exhilarating story, and fast-paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. Vocabulary has been well-selected and this book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or a source for research. Using this book to explain a complicated idea will absolutely make the task easier. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–A clone of Ms. Frizzle from Scholastic’s “The Magic School Bus” series introduces four students and a pair of aliens to important organs. The graphic-novel format doesn’t disguise the books’ didactic passages and awkward dialogue, and the all-caps font sometimes makes reading challenging. However, the books give an accurate inside look at the organs and their roles, placement, and operation, as well as related organs and systems. The illustrations incorporate scientific images and labeled body parts. Final panels cover safety and health tips, and a closing diagram of the featured organ’s main features provides a quick review. The format of these books will draw readers.