ILLUMANATOMY by Kate Davies

ILLUMANATOMY

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 8 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

An unusual inside look at human anatomy, featuring specially processed images that are color matched to a three-windowed viewer.

On 10 spreads, the illustrators (Carnovsky is the nom de plume of Milan-based illustrators Silvia Quintanilla and Francesco Rugi) employ slightly displaced color separations to create human figures or body segments that look blurred to unaided eyes but depict organs, muscles, and bones with clinical realism when viewed, respectively, through the small cyan, green, and red acetate filters provided on a strip in a front pocket. The scale ranges from a near-term fetus that is close to life size to extreme close-ups of an eye and an ear. Each of the full-spread “X-Ray Rooms” is sandwiched between an introductory collaged close-up preview (likewise processed) and an “Anatomy Room” that features brief narrative descriptions over smaller, labeled black-and-white versions of the main images. Students willing to flip back and forth will come away with decent understandings of the locations and functions of select organs and parts, but even if the images aren’t always all that distinct through the viewer, like the similarly designed Illuminature (also illustrated by Carnovsky but written by Rachel Williams, 2016), the visual gimmick will be the strongest draw.

A novelty item, but even casual browsers will be riveted. (Informational novelty. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-78603-051-1
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2017




MORE BY KATE DAVIES

ChildrenILLUMINATLAS by Kate Davies
by Kate Davies
ChildrenTHE CRIMS by Kate Davies
by Kate Davies
ChildrenTHE NUTCRACKER by Niroot Puttapipat
by Kate Davies

MORE BY CARNOVSKY

ChildrenILLUMINATLAS by Kate Davies
by Kate Davies
ChildrenILLUMINATURE by Carnovsky
by Carnovsky

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenHUMAN BODY THEATER by Maris Wicks
by Maris Wicks
ChildrenPROFESSOR ASTRO CAT'S HUMAN BODY ODYSSEY by Dominic Walliman
by Dominic Walliman
ChildrenHUMAN BODY FACTORY by Dan Green
by Dan Green