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My daughter found this book at our library a couple of months ago and loved it. When she said she wanted to take it out again I decided to just buy it for her. It has a lot of info about people, animals, earth...things I didn't even know (like that wombats produce cube shaped poop!). The drawings are cute and funny as well. Each page is presented like a little comic strip.
Where was this ESSENTIAL book when I was in middle school? The author explores the human body, the animal kingdom and earth and science. Fun, fascinating facts and cartoon-like illustrations by Jess Bradley make this a great pick for reluctant readers and fans of non-fiction. This is a teaching tool for any beginning science class as well.
Features include "A Day in the Life of a Hiccup," "A Day in the Life of a Pimple, how your major organs work, and "You and Your Poo" teaches how to tell if you need more fiber, more water or if your poo is healthy! Any middle school reader will love that!
In the animal world, earthworms, spiders, dung beetles, weird types of fish like the gulper eel and the long-nosed chimaera, koalas, skunks, pandas and other animals are highlighted. Did you know pandas poop up to fifty times in one day or that worms can be both female and male?
In the science and earth section, readers will learn about some plants, fungi, weather, volcanos, auroras among many other subjects. A fun-filled, illustrated glossary ends the book. Kids won't even realize how much they've learned because this little gem is so much fun to read. Who knew science was so cool?
HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. This is a must-have, must-read for any science buff and even those readers, like me, who really aren't into science. Note to educational publishers: maybe if you made science books more fun, more kids would excel in the sciences.
Grade 4 and up. Easy to read, each page is filled with illustrations and fun facts. The pages will turn fast! See all my reviews at Young Adult Books (etc) What We're Reading Now
I bought two copies of this book - one for home and one for my classroom. My 8-year old son loves it (and I find it interesting to browse through too). The information contained in each cartoon-style spread is actually quite complex in some places and rather simplistic in others. The book is split into three sections (humans, animals, the world) and contains lots of easy to read cartoon-style information spreads. The idea of being 'A Day in the Life of...' gives it a structure but is only a guide. I am expecting the children in my class (7-9 year olds) will also really love this book and it might even inspire us to produce some additional pages of our own on topics that are not included.
Ohhh what is not to like about this book. My son loves it!!! I find him going through it himself and then wants us to read it together. I would definitely buy this book again!! It has so many facts. Even adults love it!!
My daughter isn’t really a book reader and I thought she would read a few pages of this here and there. However, she’s read it cover to cover and taken it to school to stare at break time. Can’t be bad!