Boo-boos abound, in more ways than one.

THE SECRET LIFE OF BOO-BOOS

THE SUPER SCIENCE BEHIND HOW YOUR BODY HEALS BUMPS, BRUISES, SCRATCHES, AND SCRAPES!

From stumbles to scrapes, boo-boos come in many shapes, sizes, and kinds; this Spanish import explores how skin and blood work together to heal them.

From the composition of blood to the layers of skin, boldly colored illustrations depict the anatomy of tissues involved in both the formation and healing of “boo-boos.” Different kinds of boo-boos are explored, from minor scrapes to bruises, cuts, and punctures. Tips for tending wounds and avoiding boo-boos in the first place are also included. Curious readers are encouraged to test their newfound knowledge with a final quiz. However, some of what this book teaches is dubious. Many experts would likely contend that calling the blood carried by veins “dirty,” for instance, is a misnomer that uses stigmatizing language to describe normal physiological processes. Additionally, the instructions for boo-boo first aid are remarkably specific, and they include guidance regarding antiseptics that most clinical guidelines in the U.S. do not recommend. Beyond confusing science, the spread on wound-healing traditions from around the globe features some questionable illustrations that border on caricature to cue identity. Multiple better alternatives exist; feel free to pass this one by.

Boo-boos abound, in more ways than one. (Informational picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: May 1, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-7282-3249-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Sourcebooks eXplore

Review Posted Online: March 31, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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Engaging, well-chosen images and a clear, coherent text illuminate the importance of empathy for the world’s inhabitants.

A WORLD TOGETHER

Large color photographs (occasionally composed of montages) and accessible, simple text highlight global similarities and differences, always focusing on our universal connections.

While child readers may not recognize Manzano, the Puerto Rican actress who played Maria on Sesame Street, adults will recognize her as a trusted diverse voice. In her endnote, she explains her desire to “encourage lively conversations about shared experiences.” Starting out with the familiar, home and community, the text begins with “How many WONDERFUL PEOPLE do you know?” Then it moves out to the world: “Did you know there are about 8 BILLION PEOPLE on the planet?” The photo essay features the usual concrete similarities and differences found in many books of this type, such as housing (a Mongolian yurt opposite a Hong Kong apartment building overlooking a basketball court), food (dumplings, pizza, cotton candy, a churro, etc.), and school. Manzano also makes sure to point out likenesses in emotions, as shown in a montage of photos from countries including China, Spain, Kashmir (Pakistan/India), and the United States. At the end, a world map and thumbnail images show the locations of all photos, revealing a preponderance of examples from the U.S. and a slight underrepresentation for Africa and South America.

Engaging, well-chosen images and a clear, coherent text illuminate the importance of empathy for the world’s inhabitants. (Informational picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4263-3738-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: National Geographic Kids

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2020

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A good overview of this complex, essential organ, with an energetic seasoning of silliness.

THE BRAIN IS KIND OF A BIG DEAL

An introduction to the lead guitar and vocalist for the Brainiacs—the human brain.

The brain (familiar to readers of Seluk’s “The Awkward Yeti” webcomic, which spun off the adult title Heart and Brain, 2015) looks like a dodgeball with arms and legs—pinkish, sturdy, and roundish, with a pair of square-framed spectacles bestowing an air of importance and hipness. Other organs of the body—tongue, lungs, stomach, muscle, and heart—are featured as members of the brain’s rock band (the verso of the dust jacket is a poster of the band). Seluk’s breezy, conversational prose and brightly colored, boldly outlined cartoon illustrations deliver basic information. The brain’s role in keeping the heart beating and other automatic functions, directing body movements, interpreting sights and sounds, remembering smells and tastes, and regulating sleep and hunger are all explained, prose augmented by dialogue balloons and information sidebars. Seluk points out, importantly, that feelings originate in the brain: “You can control how you react…but your feelings happen no matter what.” The parodied album covers on the front endpapers (including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Green Day, Run DMC, Queen, Nirvana) will amuse parents—or at least grandparents—and the rear endpapers serve up band members’ clever social media and texting screenshots. Backmatter includes a glossary and further brain trivia but no resources or bibliography.

A good overview of this complex, essential organ, with an energetic seasoning of silliness. (Informational picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-16700-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2019

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