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My Amazing Body Machine A Colorful Visual Guide to How Your Body Works Book Review

My Amazing Body Machine: A Colorful Visual Guide to How Your Body Works | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | July 13, 2017

My Amazing Body Machine- A Colorful Visual Guide to How Your Body WorksMy Amazing Body Machine: A Colorful Visual Guide to How Your Body Works

Written by Robert Winston

Illustrated by Owen Gildersleeve

Age Range: 5-10

Publisher: DK (2017)

ISBN: 978-1-4654-6185-8

What to Expect: Facts, Diagrams, Human Body, STEM

The DK brand is always outstanding for informational children’s books, and this new offering from Robert Winston is no exception. Tagged as “a colorful visual guide to how your body works”, this volume extends the metaphor in the title to each page, showing the reader exactly how the different part od the body work together just like the parts of a machine, to fulfil specific purposes.

My Amazing Body Machine- A Colorful Visual Guide to How Your Body Works Illustration

As with all DK informational books, the organization and layout in My Amazing Body Machine are clear and logical, walking the reader through the body step by step. Text-boxes, columns, picture captions, and so, all work together to break up what amount to an extensive amount of factual material, making it easy for the reader to digest (no pun intended), while high-contrast, colorful illustrations double-up as diagrams, showing rather than telling the reader how the body functions. For me, these illustrations are the best part of the volume: the paper-crafting technique that Owen Gildersleeve utilizes makes these images pop from the page with 3d realism. Overall, the book is fun as well as educational, using both innovative imagery and real-life examples to illuminate the wonders of the human body for young readers. A key contribution to supporting STEM education, My Amazing Body Machine introduces children to the complexity and ingenuity of their own bodies.

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About the Illustrator

Illustrator Owen Gildersleeve is an artist based in London who specializes in handcrafted illustration and set design. His illustrations combine multiple-layered paper-cuttings with graphic shapes. His playful and colorful handcrafted creations have won several awards. This is his first book for children.

My Amazing Body Machine: A Colorful Visual Guide to How Your Body Works was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like My Amazing Body Machine: A Colorful Visual Guide to How Your Body Works by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , , , , and

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Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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