Wow in the world : The how and wow of the human body by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz

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WOW in the World: The How and Wow of the Human Body presents a factual and amusing investigation of the human body. The book offers a detailed contents page with clearly set out titles with minor headings listed under each main body part. The personal introduction encourages the reader to read the parts that are of interest rather than reading it from front to back, as well as discussing it with family and friends. The graphic images and colourful pages draw the reader’s attention to the facts covered. The Puberty and Poop sections will be of great interest to many readers as well as the coverage of the Butt!

The authors have cleverly used different types of font as well as coloured text boxes highlighting important or interesting facts. These facts are also broken up into Fact Snacks, Record-breaking WOW, WOW tips and Share the WOW. The Thank you Letter to your Body is an entertaining activity to be done in pairs. At the end of the book there is an extensive glossary and index as well as source notes and photo credits. There is a bibliography and recommended reading page and a recommended listening page with QR codes.

This book would be a welcome and valuable addition to school or home library. It provides children with an enjoyable and humorous easy to read factual account of their body.

Themes: Biological Science, Human Body, Humour.

Kathryn Beilby