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Summary: Every aspect of the brain - from its physical composition to its many functions is explored and depicted in this nonfiction picture book. A pair of mice (Wallace and Darwin) add humor and add sidebar content to the book. This has potential as a high interest / low readability title. This nonfiction picture book combines photos and drawings and uses a comic-book-like format to teach kids about the brain.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 8 and up
Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved the illustrations and laughed at Darwin and Wallace. She really liked how the drawings showed technology at work (like slicing the brain via an MRI).
Adult Reader Reaction: This is one of those books that you jump around in. You don't have to read it front-to-back, and that actually makes for more time spent reading. The pages are jam-packed with information and imagery which may overwhelm some readers at first glance. There are plenty of speech bubbles help break break it down into manageable pieces.
Pros: There is a ton of information that will make kids say "wow." It is also designed for various levels of reader: from the kid who can handle long paragraphs or the person who is more comfortable with one- or two-sentence paragraphs.
Cons: This is a book that you'll want to encourage your reader to take in pieces. It could easily overstimulate a developing reader.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a perfect book for the school or classroom library, as it will likely be checked out a lot. Unless your child is into anatomy and science, this will be a book they read and then move on.
Educational Themes: This is a book for learning about the brain and offers comparative information across species
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.