Argh! There's a skeleton inside you! by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost

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Allen and Unwin, 2019. ISBN: 9781760631635.
(Ages 4-8) Highly recommended. Themes: Human Anatomy, Skeleton, Hands. This simple, interactive and very enjoyable picture book seeks to give young children a look inside their hands to discover what makes them work. The aliens Quog and Oort need to get to a party but their spaceship needs repairs. Neither of them has hands, which makes it more difficult to make their repairs. Through some clever interaction Quog grows what he needs to make the repairs and in the process the reader comes to understand how their skeleton, muscles and nerves work together to make their hands the useful things they can be.
The bright, simple but informative illustrations make this an extraordinary introduction to human anatomy for young children. The interactive parts of the story were particularly popular with the children who heard this book read aloud; putting their hands onto the page so that Quog could see inside made the book come alive for the young audience.
At the end of the entertaining story the authors give us more detail about what is inside our hand and how it works, just in case we would like to grow another hand. Very well thought out and informative for all who read it.
The duo that produced this book also gave us Do not lick this book, (it's full of germs) and this one will be just as popular with young readers. Great addition to every primary school library.
Gabrielle Anderson