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Kay's Anatomy

Written by Adam Kay

Illustrated by Henry Paker

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Kay's Anatomy Review

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Hugely entertaining and hugely informative guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the human body

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2022 Information Books 3-14

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.

Joy Court

Kay's Anatomy Synopsis

Discover all the weird and wonderful things that go on inside your body with Dr Adam Kay.

Covers key stage 2 / 3 human biology syllabus (in a slightly repulsive way).

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.

Kay's Anatomy Press Reviews

[An] enjoyably gross look at the human body. Hours of gruesome fun guaranteed. - i is like listening to a teacher who makes pupils fall about - The Sunday Times

Kay's Anatomy is totally brilliant - it's ultra child-friendly and chatty, and any young reader will learn a great deal about the body as they chuckle through each chapter. - Jacqueline Wilson

Perfect for days of home-schooling! - South Wales Echo

It's fun and informative and just the sort of book I would've loved as a child. And I loved the True or Poo sections! - Malorie Blackman

If only this funny and informative book had been around when I was too embarrassed to teach my kids about bodily functions - David Baddiel

Hilarious and fascinating! I wish Adam had been my biology teacher - Konnie Huq

Packed with anatomical facts - and very funny - this exciting book is bound to inspire the next generation of medics - Sunday Express

This is brilliant. I'm not jealous that I didn't write it at all. No, not one little bit. - Dr Ranj Singh

Much funnier and more informative and more gross than Gray's Anatomy... I highly recommend for anyone - Dr Xand van Tulleken

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780241452929
Publication date: 27/05/2021
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241452912
Publication date: 15/10/2020
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241452929
Publication date: 27th May 2021
Author: Adam Kay
Illustrator: Henry Paker
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Knowledge / Trivia, Non-Fiction, Science, Personal Social Health Economic
Collections: 35 Children's Books about the Human Body to Help Educate, Empower and Entertain,

About Adam Kay

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 ...

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