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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: 17.8 x 1.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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School Library JournalThis clever, well-illustrated romp doesn't mince words, but gives students the straight truth about even the most unpleasant functions of the human body. The colorful cartoons . . . do help get the key concepts across. The book is divided into sections based on systems, so kids could skip to just what they are interested in or browse through the whole book. This is a fun introduction to how the human body works. SimplyScience Blog (Books and easy science lessons)The appeal of this book is that it can be read straight through or read out of order, section by section. It is easy to follow and understand and presents information aimed at the middle grade kids who are being introduced to the body and its functions. This is a fun one and reveals the body processes in more like an action film than a science text. Library Media ConnectionThe uninhibited and humorous style will attract this age group and reluctant readers. Presented in first person, the text makes its points with jokes and wordplay, but it also provides lots of information. Some amazing statistics show up at the bottom of each page. . . . This book would make good supplemental material in science or health classes, especially for those students who think that science is boring. Recommended Tusconcitizen.comYoung readers ages ten and up can learn fascinating facts about the human body in this well crafted new book in the Basher popular science series. . . . Readers will come away with a better understanding of the fundamental components of their bodies. . . . [A] powerful little book. Infodad.comThe personification of body parts is right in line with Basher's usual approach, and the implements they are given are cleverly reflective of their real functions, making the [book] both informative and fun to look at. . . .Dan Green's text has the body bits narrating their own stories, which further humanizes them. . . . It is quite easy to imagine very young children becoming entranced by the Basher approach . . . get 'em while they're young and keep 'em interested as they get older. BooklistSupplemental science reading doesn't come much more fun. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Artist and designer Basher has fun playing in the world of contemporary character design. Inspired by a love of simple line work and a rich colour palette, his characters fill the gap between edgy Manga and the cuteness of Hello Kitty!

Dan Green wrote Basher’s Physics, Biology, Astronomy and Rocks and Minerals. He studied Geology at Cambridge University.

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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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By mousiemcp on 16 Oct. 2014
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Basher Science books are great!
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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
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!!
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!
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Only Basher Can Make a Gallbladder Super Cute 19 Aug. 2012
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Captivating to My 9 Year Old 22 July 2012
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My son recently brought this home from the library and is reading it almost every night. He loves it! Every morning he tells me new things that he is learning, and we talk about it together because he is learning fascinating things--such as the liver which sorts the old red blood cells. I see my six year old looking through it too. The sense of humor that the writer has and the cartoon illustrations are really interesting to boys!
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