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You Are Weird: Your Body's Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions

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Your body sports more hair than a gorilla. About 600 different species of bacteria are living in your mouth. Your head is full of holes. Back when you were a two-month-old embryo, you had a tail. Face it -- you are weird! All these wonderfully weird body features make us human. They also show that we're part of an animal kingdom whose members share a lot more than the same planet. This book tackles those weird questions that everyone's curious about but nobody seems able to answer. What does your appendix do? ...
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Overview

Your body sports more hair than a gorilla. About 600 different species of bacteria are living in your mouth. Your head is full of holes. Back when you were a two-month-old embryo, you had a tail. Face it -- you are weird! All these wonderfully weird body features make us human. They also show that we're part of an animal kingdom whose members share a lot more than the same planet. This book tackles those weird questions that everyone's curious about but nobody seems able to answer. What does your appendix do? What exactly are goose bumps and why do we get them? Why can some people wiggle their ears? You Are Weird answers these questions plus many more, backing up answers with the latest scientific theories. Take a guided tour around our oddball organs and freaky body functions that make us who we are -- wacky, wonderful and weird, weird, weird.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
... this chatty, interactive humorous science book makes human physiology accessible and interesting ...

... this chatty, interactive humorous science book makes human physiology accessible and interesting ...

Sure to appeal to odd bods of all ages.

Sure to appeal to odd bods of all ages.

[An] entertaining and informative book about body weirdness for kids of an age to be wondering (or worrying) about what their bodies might be up to.

[An] entertaining and informative book about body weirdness for kids of an age to be wondering (or worrying) about what their bodies might be up to.

A fun and educational read, guaranteed to please!

A fun and educational read, guaranteed to please!

... as visually attractive as it is informative ... sure to be an instant hit with any young reader ...

... as visually attractive as it is informative ... sure to be an instant hit with any young reader ...

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—This look at the human body highlights the "odd" and the "gross," but backpedals with qualifiers like "wonderfully weird." Our obsolete, inherited bits such as the appendix are described with intriguing multimedia illustrations of people with distorted features and sometimes realistic, sometimes cartoon color illustrations of the parts on display. Information appears in colloquial text in columns that surround the graphics. Simple parlor-trick-style experiments illustrate points such as determining if your family still has the palmaris tendon. "Freaky Facts" sections focus on sensational details like babies and mothers with tails being executed in the Middle Ages. Weird closes with unsolved mysteries and suggestions to use science to investigate them. This is a good choice for the Guinness Book of World Records fans to read cover to cover independently or guffaw over in small groups.—S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Holes in your head? Leaky skin? Recyclable muscles? This collection of curious facts about the body describes a variety of human body parts, focusing on some that appear to do little or nothing-such as pouch muscles, wisdom teeth, tail bone and palmaris and plantaris muscles-and others that behave in surprising ways-such as intestinal bacteria, skin cells and sweat. Colorfully illustrated by Boake with humorously distorted figures, the breezy text invites readers to investigate: Find your own palmaris tendon, feel a dog's canines, practice wiggling your ears. Presented in columns, with accompanying text boxes and "freaky facts," this is well designed for casual readers. A clear and repeated message is that many of these "oddities" are leftovers from ancient, nonhuman ancestors; similarly clear is that scientists are not certain about the origin or function of curious body parts-they make educated guesses. Sure to appeal to odd bods of all ages. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
Booklist
... this chatty, interactive humorous science book makes human physiology accessible and interesting ...
The Globe & Mail
[An entertaining and informative book about body weirdness for kids of an age to be wondering (or worrying) about what their bodies might be up to.
CM Magazine
A fun and educational read, guaranteed to please!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554532834
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,419,190
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Swanson is an award-winning writer of more than 70 books for children, especially nature and science. Originally from Alberta, she now resides in Victoria, British Columbia. She writes a bug column for YES magazine and is buggy about bugs.
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