EXPRESSING THE INNER WILD by Stephen G. Gordon

EXPRESSING THE INNER WILD

Tattoos, Piercings, Jewelry, and Other Body Art
Age Range: 10 - 16

KIRKUS REVIEW

Cool tats, blinged-out nails, drag-queen makeup and more.

Do teens know that the oldest tattooed mummy was a European who lived more than 5,000 years ago before being frozen into a glacier? Or that women and girls of the Miao Long Horn group in China wear their hair 2 feet wide and 8 inches high, while the Masai women of Eastern Africa shave their hair off? Gordon’s all-too-brief yet informative account of the ways humans have decorated themselves throughout history tells it all—or as much as can be told in under 60 pages. Each section begins with a highly accessible connection to a current celebrity mainstay, such as Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Rihanna, then dives headfirst into the fascinating, multicultural history of each beauty trend. The narrative style is so succinct that readers will find they’ve already devoured a whole section of the book without even noticing, and full-color and black-and-white photos make the read all the more enticing. Readership will be wide—from preteen girls and boys on up through teens. Readers should know that Gordon explicitly points out that men throughout history have worn makeup and jewelry and have paid close attention to their hair.

Great for research but better as a jumping-off block for youth who are interested in the cultural history of adornment. (source notes, bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4677-1467-9
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Twenty-First Century/Lerner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2013