Monday, March 28, 2016

Reader's Diary #1285- Maris Wicks: Human Body Theater

It was over 20 years ago that I took my one and only Anatomy and Physiology class. Still, because it was such an interesting class, I am amazed at how much has stuck with me. I am even more amazed at how much of that is covered in Maris Wick's Human Body Theater, a non-fiction graphic novel aimed at kids.

That all said, while it's gotten rave reviews from educators and adults in general, my daughter was just okay with it. Sure, she picked it up and read a few sections, but other parts she felt were a bit dry. This despite Wicks' attempts to keep the information entertaining with jokes here and there, bright colors, and anthropomorphic cells and organs.

I think you'd have to still have to have a passing interest in anatomy and physiology to read this book cover to cover (as I did), otherwise it's simply a fine classroom resource or a reference book to pick at certain sections and to have them made clear.

Still, a far cry better than Masaharu Takemura's bizarrely sexist Manga Guide to Molecular Biology!

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