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Basher Science: Human Body: A Book with Guts! Paperback – Unabridged, 21 Feb 2011

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Unabridged edition (21 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753430827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753430828
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M on 13 Feb 2012
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My 8 year old son has a number of the books in this series now and he absolutley loves them. He dips in and out when the mood takes him or a topic is discussed at school.

Very well written for this age group as the descriptions seem to stick in their heads.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
All of the books in this series are wonderful! 4 April 2011
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My son is 6 but can read at a 5th grade level, and he loves all of these books. The color photos and the way they explain things, is perfect to grasp the attention of both children and adults. I wish I had these when I was in school.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Love this series of books! 13 Oct 2011
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I came across one of the books in this series in the gift shop at the Franklin Museum and thought it would be great for my son who just started college. He has some tough classes that require a lot of memorization and these books are perfect for that... takes tough topics and breaks them down into terms easier to understand. They have great visuals too. Ended up buying 3 of them "The Period Table", "Chemistry" and "The Human Body". His study partner loved them and I bought a set for her too. Great books!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Only Basher Can Make a Gallbladder Super Cute 19 Aug 2012
By Nana Hawkins - Published on
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I love Basher's illustrations, and I think it is great that he illustrates children's introductory science books. I recently read this to get a brush-up on my knowledge of the human body. I quite enjoyed it. Each chapter builds on ideas and concepts introduced in previous chapters, and rather than organizing each chapter by organ system, it starts with the basic building blocks of life (cells and other microscopic organisms) and progresses to grouping systems that work together in subsequent chapters. It is a fun read for kids because each organism "narrates" its own story of how it functions. Human Body is actually part of the Basher Science Books series; Basher has also illustrated a number of board books and picture books for toddlers that present early concepts such as Opposites and Shapes. They're really cute, and the kids at my bookstore love them. I highly recommend them for young reluctant readers or budding scientists 8 or 9 and up who want to read a basic science book without being overwhelmed by sophisticated details.
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Buy this book despite my reservations 19 Dec 2013
By guitar geek - Published on
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This review applies to MOST of the Basher books as they all seem to share the same mix of excellence and failure.

First, these books are GREAT in that they present some of the terminology/jargon of the subject matter in a way that seems to interest small children! (in my experience, ages 4-7 seems about right) This is actually a BIG DEAL, as the books reliably deal in wonderfully important subjects. For this, I highly recommend them and thank the authors and publishers for their effort!

However... there are two ways in which I find these books to be terribly disappointing:

1) The attempts to make each entry clever and fun raise the effective reading level high above the target audience. Clever puns and delightfully descriptive diatribes do not go over so well with young children just beginning to read. My six year old is completely ready for the subject matter, but struggles to the point of giving up (!!) trying to manage the prose.

2) IMHO, the attempts at fun language and clever characterizations often work to obscure the simplicity of the subject matter at hand. As a scientist who understands many of the concepts under discussion, I often find myself marveling at how these descriptions express an opaque and incomprehensible version of what are fundamentally simple ideas.


Basher Guys... I LOVE what you are trying to do. IMHO, if you can find a way to simplify the prose, and not let "characterizations" get in the way of "simple explanations", then you will be changing the WORLD!!

So despite my reservations... BUY THESE BOOKS!... I think that as long as they use it to try to do better, these guys have TOTALLY earned our income!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My 14 year old thinks that this is the best biology book he's ever read. Small in size and easy for slipping into a backpack. 20 May 2013
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All the books in this Dan Green series are great -- cartoonish but full of information -- a great way to make science accessible and appealing (and portable) to kids.
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