Reviews for How the Incredible Human Body Works

Booklist Reviews 2007 December #1
Colorful diagrams take center stage in this introduction to various systems and organs of the incredible human body. Cartoon characters, Brainwaves ("those little people with big ideas"), run rampant through the images, adding additional humor to the lighthearted text. Each of six key systems of the body--circulatory, skeletal, respiratory, and so on--is introduced on a double-page spread that opens out in a double gatefold; chunks of brief text, organized under comical heads, describe how each system works and what it does. Bits of information on such topics as communication, infections, and transfusions are related along the way. Technical terms (endoscopy, jejunum, etc.) are clarified in context, while puns and contemporary cultural references make the facts even more palatable. A helpful preamble suggests how best to use the book. Budding scientists will appreciate this; so will readers who favor books with a strong visual component. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 October #3
In How the Incredible Human Body Works... by the Brainwaves by Richard Walker, illus. by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar, the brainwaves (the wisecracking little people introduced in How Nearly Everything Was Invented) explore the body's systems as well as the history of medicine. Already packed with visual detail, full-page spreads fold out to reveal such excitement as the activation of body's defense systems when bacteria invade or the machinations of the digestive tract. (DK, $19.99 64p ages 8-12 ISBN 9780-7566-3145-1; Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 November

Gr 3-6 --A horde of Brainwaves skitters about the oversize pages delineating body parts and systems. These tiny figures dressed in one-piece hooded suits parachute out of the sinus cavities, cycle over the cranium, and strum guitars and play percussion in a blood-type rock quartet, all the while commenting humorously (and informatively) on bodily processes and reactions. Large (some double foldouts) cartoon illustrations provide peeks at ears, eyes, lymph nodes, and gastrointestinal bacteria. All are accompanied by informative labels and captions, and the quips of those busy Brainwaves. The digestive-system section includes mention of fecal material, and the circulatory system foldout discusses urine, but the reproductive system is left to the imagination. For a more scientific look at the human organism, try Richard Walker's DK Guide to the Human Body (2004), illustrated with electron microscope photos. Still, this lighthearted endeavor (though more seriously informative than those scampering Brainwaves might lead you to surmise) and those huge foldouts (while probably ephemeral) are attractive trolling bait for readers.--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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