Your brain is a lump of goo by Idan Ben-Barak and Christopher Nielsen

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Idan Ben-Barak has a BSC in Medical Science, MCs in Microbiology, PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science and is the author of the very popular Do Not Lick This Book. His latest publication is about the mysterious brain and the title of this book Your Brain is a Lump of Goo will certainly entice readers to find out what may be written and illustrated inside.

This bright and boldly illustrated book begins with a question written on the front endpaper asking the reader to find the pineapple at the end of the book. It then explains where the brain is and why it is like a pineapple. This is followed by the need to take care of the brain, especially from heavy knocks, and what is it made up of. There is a double page spread of the brain surrounded by random words showcasing all that happens in the brain. It is certainly a busy place! The brain has the main role to play in our everyday living, how we remember and understand things as well as our feelings. There are examples of what helps our brain to grow, and how our brains allow us to be different.

At the end of the book are detailed facts about the brain written in accessible language for the targeted age group. There is also the illusive pineapple to be found on the back endpaper!

Themes: The Brain, Information, Characteristics, Care, Health, Feelings.

Kathryn Beilby