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ANY BODY

A COMIC COMPENDIUM OF IMPORTANT FACTS AND FEELINGS ABOUT OUR BODIES

A whimsical, enlightening, and empowering volume to set readers on the path toward self-acceptance and body positivity.

A close-up look at how bodies work—and the emotions they evoke.

This book, translated from German, was informed by a 2020 survey conducted by von der Gathen and Kuhl on “how people see their bodies and how they feel others see them.” Topics include body parts (skin, hair, sexual organs), beauty ideals, gender identity, people’s feelings about their bodies, ways in which bodies change (puberty, age), body alterations (haircuts, tattoos), and more. A sense of acceptance and celebration for body differences permeates this joyful read. There are many naked bodies depicted in the comic-style illustrations, reducing the stigma of nudity and sending the much-needed message that bodies differ widely—and that’s OK. The images alternate between the goofy (hairy human ancestors laughing at their not-as-hairy descendants) and the more realistic (accurate depictions of skin features like pimples and scars), making for a good balance and ramping up reader appeal. Of particular note, the book includes sections on trans people, body size, and bodily autonomy; diagrams on body language; and information on the harms of social media filters and making hurtful remarks about others’ bodies. The people depicted are diverse in terms of race and ability, although light-skinned bodies are mostly given center stage.

A whimsical, enlightening, and empowering volume to set readers on the path toward self-acceptance and body positivity. (reader activities, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: May 9, 2023

ISBN: 9781776575466

Page Count: 88

Publisher: Gecko Press

Review Posted Online: March 28, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2023

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GUTS

With young readers diagnosed with anxiety in ever increasing numbers, this book offers a necessary mirror to many.

Young Raina is 9 when she throws up for the first time that she remembers, due to a stomach bug. Even a year later, when she is in fifth grade, she fears getting sick.

Raina begins having regular stomachaches that keep her home from school. She worries about sharing food with her friends and eating certain kinds of foods, afraid of getting sick or food poisoning. Raina’s mother enrolls her in therapy. At first Raina isn’t sure about seeing a therapist, but over time she develops healthy coping mechanisms to deal with her stress and anxiety. Her therapist helps her learn to ground herself and relax, and in turn she teaches her classmates for a school project. Amping up the green, wavy lines to evoke Raina’s nausea, Telgemeier brilliantly produces extremely accurate visual representations of stress and anxiety. Thought bubbles surround Raina in some panels, crowding her with anxious “what if”s, while in others her negative self-talk appears to be literally crushing her. Even as she copes with anxiety disorder and what is eventually diagnosed as mild irritable bowel syndrome, she experiences the typical stresses of school life, going from cheer to panic in the blink of an eye. Raina is white, and her classmates are diverse; one best friend is Korean American.

With young readers diagnosed with anxiety in ever increasing numbers, this book offers a necessary mirror to many. (Graphic memoir. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 17, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-545-85251-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 11, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2019

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THE GIRL'S BODY BOOK

This introduction to puberty may be particularly helpful for girls looking ahead to that stage.

A growing-up guide for preteen girls.

This puberty-navigation guide covers girls’ bodily changes, body care, health, relationships with family and friends, staying safe, and handling stress. In many cases the author, a registered nurse, has covered the same material as she did in various editions of this title as well as The Boy’s Body Book. This girls’ book skips the topics of sleep and performance-enhancement drugs in favor of a section on eating disorders. As in the boys’ book, controversial subjects are addressed generally and conservatively if at all. She includes a rough diagram of female reproductive organs and tells her young readers about menstruation and visiting a gynecologist but not how babies are made. She talks about having boys as friends, saying “Don’t put pressure on yourself to call any of your close friendships ‘dating.’ ” The strength of this title is its emphasis on good grooming, healthy living habits, and positive relationships. Added for this fourth edition is new material on interacting with adults, personal empowerment, body language, reputations, and “learning disabilities,” helpful information for the growing segment of the preteen population identified with cognitive and social learning differences. Tallardy’s cartoon illustrations show girls and adults of varying ethnicities and provide a cheerful accompaniment.

This introduction to puberty may be particularly helpful for girls looking ahead to that stage. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 14, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-60433-714-3

Page Count: 148

Publisher: Cider Mill Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2017

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