Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks

Published by First Second 

Summary:  In the first page of this graphic book, a skeleton appears on stage and begins narrating a journey through the human body.  In eleven chapters, she covers ten different systems plus the senses.  All kinds of organisms are given faces and personalities, including many different types of cells, bacteria, and viruses.  Delicate topics such as pooping, puberty, and reproduction are handled humorously yet informatively.  In the final act, the skeleton pulls on her muscle suit, skin suit, and clothes to become a bit more human.  Includes an extensive glossary and a brief bibliography.  Ages 10-14.

Pros:  An extremely thorough yet entertaining introduction to the human body.  A lot more fun than a biology textbook.  The illustrations are clever and the text is informative and engaging.

Cons:  The amount of material presented may make a cover-to-cover reading a bit daunting.

2 thoughts on “Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks

  1. Hi A Kids Book A Day,

    Thanks for all your wonderful emails. Is it possible for me to post your emails on our library’s Facebook page?

    Thank you,

    Sue Marshall Youth Librarian St. Francis Public Library St. Francis, WI


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