You Just Can't Help It!: Your Guide to the Wild and Wacky World of Human Behaviorby Jeff Szpirglas, Josh Holinaty
How many times have you been frightened and felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Or been unable to hold back a laugh? Or flinched when an object whizzed by, too close for comfort? The thing is, you just can’t help yourself you’re only human! Part Desmond Morris’s The Naked Ape, part MAD Magazine, and all Jeff/i>/i>
How many times have you been frightened and felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Or been unable to hold back a laugh? Or flinched when an object whizzed by, too close for comfort? The thing is, you just can’t help yourself you’re only human! Part Desmond Morris’s The Naked Ape, part MAD Magazine, and all Jeff Szpirglas, this unique book provides a cultural, historical, and socio-biological perspective on human behavior.
Szpirglas’s goofy, kid-friendly sensibility paired with the book’s look, energy, and scope is guaranteed to engage and captivate young readers. Kids will read about body language, birth order, staring contests, fits of laughter, crowd behavior, sniffing dirty diapers, yawning, dreaming, and the art of lying only to realize that science is at work behind each action!
You Just Can’t Help It! is an enthralling and slightly zany exploration of the basic human biology that determines our reactions, social interactions, and the ways we communicate with one another.
"A fun way to introduce young readers to many aspects of human behavior, and may whet their appetites to explore some of the topics in greater depth."
Quill & Quire
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Introduction to Chapter 1: Senses Showdown:
Sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell: you’ve got five senses to help you interact with the world around you. Everything that happens to you involves one or more of your senses. Consider this: right now, you’re reading this book (uh, I hope). Your sense of touch tells you what the pages feel like. Your sense of sight reveals the letters, words, and pictures. I suppose you could even find out what this book tastes like. But I don’t recommend it.
How you act and react to the world means using combinations of your senses. For instance, let’s say you visit somebody’s house for a meal, and for dinner, they serve some unusual meat like tongue or brains. Does the look of them put you off? Does the texture of those brains in your mouth make you shudder with revolt? What if the smell and taste actually turned out to be pretty darn good?
It’s time to take a look at your senses in more detail. Questions will be answered: How do your senses help you interact with other people? How do they keep you safe and healthy? And why shouldn’t you try a staring contest with wild gorillas?
Meet the Author
Jeff Szpirglas is the award-winning author of Gross Universe and Fear this Book, among others. His stories have been published in Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, where he also worked as a kids’ page editor. He has written for the television series' Polka Dot Shorts, Ricky’s Room, and System Crash, and co-produced two radio pieces for CBC’s Out Front. He lives in Toronto, where he influences young minds on a daily basis as an elementary school teacher.
Josh Holinaty graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2007, and studied at the New York Studio Program (a satellite of Parson’s New School for Design). His work has been exhibited internationally, at galleries in Los Angeles, Germany, New York, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. He has illustrated for The Globe and Mail, EYE Weekly, Broken Pencil Magazine, and Transworld Skateboarding Magazine among others. He lives in Edmonton.
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