You Are Weird

Your Bodys Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions

By Swanson, Diane & Boake, Kathy

Publishers Summary:
Your body sports more hair than a gorilla. About 600 different species of bacteria are living in your mouth. Your head is full of holes. Back when you were a two-month-old embryo, you had a tail. Face it -- you are weird! All these wonderfully weird body features make us human. They also show that we're part of an animal kingdom whose members share a lot more than the same planet. This book tackles those weird questions that everyone's curious about but nobody seems able to answer. What does your appendix do? What exactly are goose bumps and why do we get them? Why can some people wiggle their ears? You Are Weird answers these questions plus many more, backing up answers with the latest scientific theories. Take a guided tour around our oddball organs and freaky body functions that make us who we are -- wacky, wonderful and weird, weird, weird.

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978-1-55453-282-7
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Gr 3-6 This look at the human body highlights the "odd" and the "gross," but backpedals with qualifiers like "wonderfully weird." Our obsolete, inherited bits such as the appendix are described with intriguing multimedia illustrations of people with distorted features and sometimes realistic, sometimes cartoon color illustration...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Double-page spreads highlight quirks of the human body, many the results of evolutionary changes. Flaking skin, goose bumps, and tailbones are...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on April 1, 2009

Diane Swanson provides an engrossing and entertaining look at some amazing and unusual aspects of human physiology. Lively single-spread chapters explore wonders and mysteries such as the body's "Flaky Birthday Suit" (ever-shedding and self-replacing skin cells), "Stereo Sniffer" (the reason for having two individual nostrils), and "Dead-End Tube" (the perplexing appendix). Addressed directly to readers in an appealingly inform...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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