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Hugely entertaining and hugely informative guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the human body
A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body
This is an information text that will be read with great pleasure and is actually as unputdownable as a novel. It is very apparent that the multimillion-copy selling author and medical doctor has never grown out of his gleeful fascination with the human machine and has a real knack for presenting complex facts both clearly and concisely while making the reader laugh out loud. Similarly, the illustrations by Henry Parker combine accurate explanatory diagrams and zany amusing cartoons, often on the same page. Much of the humour is, of course, derived from the more disgusting aspects of the internal and external body and to making fun of the complicated language and terminology doctors and scientists use, but nonetheless using and explaining all those terms. Indeed the book concludes with a brilliantly educative glossary (and even the jokes are indexed!) A running gag is Clive and the ‘naming committee’ responsible for naming body parts, as is the continued references to the author’s dog Pippin, but always in a way which enhances an explanation or a description and develops understanding. Chapters cover all the organs and systems of the body as well as reproduction, life and death and germs (including COVID-19) and include Kay’s Kwestions (another running gag about needing a replacement Q on his keyboard) and True or Poo sections which answer the sort of questions inquisitive children will be dying to ask and expose the myths, misinformation and old wives tales that you might have heard. He does not shrink from difficult topics or giving unpopular advice – junk food, smoking and drinking really are bad for you and washing your hands properly is important. As genuinely useful as any textbook or revision guide, I would suggest multiple copies will be needed to satisfy demand in any school library.
The hilarious first children's book from the UK's bestselling non-fiction author. Do you ever think about your body and how it all works? Like really properly think about it?
The human body is extraordinary and fascinating and, well . . . pretty weird. Yours is weird, mine is weird, your maths teacher's is even weirder. This book is going to tell you what's actually going on in there, and answer the really important questions, like: Are bogeys safe to eat? Look, if your nose is going to all that effort of creating a snack, the least we can do is check out its nutritional value. (Yes, they're safe. Chew away!) And . . . How much of your life will you spend on the toilet? About a year - so bring a good book. (I recommend this one.) So sit back, relax, put on some rubber gloves, and let a doctor take you on a poo (and puke) filled tour of your insides.
Welcome to Kay's Anatomy*.
*a fancy word for your body. See, you're learning already.
Closing date: 31/03/2021
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If you think learning about the human body is boring you NEED to read this book! It is completely hilarious with amazing funny pictures. Full review
Absolutely awesome! So funny and cool facts! Full review
I have learnt so much from this book and I would 1000% recommend it to someone else. Full review
Better than a science lesson! Full review
I really like this book and I think every kid should read it. Full review
This book should be book of the year (not just a book of the month). Kay’s Anatomy’ is hysterical. It’s a guide to the human body as the title says but is done in a fun and sometimes disgusting way. Full review
This book is totally awesome and I learned so much! Full review
Hilariously funny and educational book about the human body! Full review
This book is a fun way to learn about a human body and have fun at the same time! Even a reluctant reader will enjoy it! Full review
It is a fun and exciting book about the body. It is a entertaining way to learn and have a laugh at the same time. Full review
This book is really funny and it is even better than a science lesson. I recommend it for all children 11 under. I really enjoyed the POO OR TRUE parts. Full review
'Totally brilliant!' - Jacqueline Wilson
'If only this funny and informative book had been around when I was too embarrassed to teach my kids about bodily functions' - David Baddiel
'The sort of book I would have loved as a child' - Malorie Blackman
'Hilarious and fascinating!' - Konnie Huq
|Publication date:||15th October 2020|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Fascinating Facts, General Non-Fiction, Science, Personal Social Health Economic|
|Recommendations:||Reviewed by Children, Star Books|
|Collections:||Our favourite children's books of 2020, 85 Great Non-Fiction Books,|
Adam Kay is a multi-award-winning writer, comedian and former doctor. His first book, an undergraduate textbook called Rapid Obstetrics and Gynaecology didn't do particularly well, but his next two did rather better. This is Going to Hurt has sold over two million copies, been translated into 37 languages, and is the bestselling narrative nonfiction title of the decade, spending over a year at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller chart. It is soon to be a major BBC comedy-drama. His follow-up, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, sold over 500,000 copies in the last three months of 2019, and saw him become the ...More About Adam Kay
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