CM . . . . Volume XX Number 33 . . . . April 25, 2014
50 Body Questions: A Book That Spills Its Guts takes a look at the human body and related topics, including internal organs, memory, smallpox, and physiotherapy.
As with other books in the "50 Questions" series, each chapter has a particular theme, such as blood, bones and muscles, and the brain, which groups information on similar topics together. Every chapter ends with a related activity. Each theme is further broken down into specific topics or questions which are covered in about one page. 50 Body Questions has a lot of boxes of quick facts that add terrific information. There is more information covered in the introduction to each chapter. The excellent index will be of great use for anyone looking for specific information, and the glossary provides good definitions to all the terms presented in bold throughout the book. All of this is combined with an easy-to-read writing style and humourous illustrations which makes 50 Body Questions both fun and educational.
The format of 50 Body Questions allows a lot of information to be covered, but only as an overview of each topic. However, the way the information is presented should encourage readers to find out more about the specific topics they are interested in.
The "Further Reading" section is a bit limited, with only nine titles listed, but all the titles are good resources which will interest readers and will provide more sources of information. The "Selected Sources" provide a number of good references, but these sources are for interested adults, not young readers, as many of the sources are medical journals and similar materials.
50 Body Questions provides an amusing and informative look at the human body and related medical topics. The writing style and humorous illustrations provide information in a way that will be appealing to a variety of readers while still allowing readers to use this book as a source for assignments.
Daphne Hamilton-Nagorsen is a graduate of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
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