I read another Adam Kay book last year I believe and liked his writing style, so I was eager to get this book. But there was another reason why I wanted it. I have been addicted to the Horrible Science (and other series such as the History and Geography ones) for years now and this one seemed to tell kids about bodies in the same way. With humour, fun illustrations and disgusting facts.
And after reading I can tell you it had the same vibe/feeling as that series. So be sure to check those Horrible Science series as well next to this fab book.
The book is split up in sections. We first learn ALL there is about your body which takes almost all of the book and then we get two more sections, reproduction and life + death. I have to say I was most invested in the Body parts than in the other two sections. I did read both sections, and I did have some giggles, but I don’t know, those two are never favourites of mine, also not in other books.
The first part is all about your body, as I said, and with that I mean every bit about your body. From the tips of your toes to your hair ends. Yep, Adam Kay will leave no shed of hair, no piece of skin left. There is plenty to find out about our body and also about Adam’s dog, Pippin. No Pippin, don’t eat that. ARgh.
I loved how the book was split up in sections and that we slowly find out more and more with each new chapter. I like how the chapters/sections were done, how each new chapter was a new part of the body.
There are also questions (with a story to go along with it, will Kay ever get his Q key?) and a section called true/poo.
He tells us all these fun facts with tons and tons of humour, puns, fourth wall breaking, and more. While I in general LOVED his humour and LAUGHED a lot. At times it did get a bit too much. Which is why it took me a bit longer to read this book. Yes, it was funny, yes, I enjoyed it a lot, but it was just too much at times. And sometimes he tells a fib first and then corrects himself which confused me at times.
There is also plenty of delightful, disgusting, horrible icky art. I loved the depictions of our body, I really cannot look at my organs in a normal way. Already couldn’t thanks to comics online, but this one gave me new interpretations of my organs and now I just see my lungs bouncing on the diaphragm, or my stomach binge eating all. 😛
But this was disgustingly fun and I had tons of laughs! Adam Kay definitely has a way with words and I would mind more children’s books like this. I would recommend it to all, I am sure this will be a hit with kids.