Wow in the World: The How and Wow of the Human Body

Guy Raz, Mindy Thomas

Wow in the World: The How and Wow of the Human Body
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Wow in the World: The How and Wow of the Human Body

Guy Raz, Mindy Thomas

WHY in the world do I have a belly button? And WHAT in the world does it do? WHEN in the world will my nose stop growing? And HOW in the world does my pee keep flowing?

The human body is a fascinating piece of machinery. It’s full of mystery, wonder and WOW. And it turns out, every single human on the planet has one!

Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, hosts of the mega-popular Wow in the World podcast, as they take you on a fact-filled adventure from your toes and your tongue to your brain and your lungs.

Featuring hilarious illustrations and filled with facts, jokes, photos, quizzes and experiments, The How and Wow of the Human Body has everything you need to better understand your own walking, talking, barfing, breathing, pooping body of WOW!

Review

The human body is an endlessly interesting subject and this book by two celebrated podcasters is endlessly entertaining. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz are the hosts of the NPR family podcast Wow in the World, where they share news and facts about science and technology. The pair’s funny, fact-filled book about the human body features cartoon-style illustrations, sassy headings, memorable puns and yes, many gross bits that will win over plenty of fans. It’s genuinely a very funny and eye-opening read.

One particular highlight for young readers is how this book endorses reading out of order and encourages kids to dip into the parts that grab their attention. Some of the things that grabbed my attention were: a speech bubble debate titled, ‘Is it ok to eat my boogers?’; a wanted ad for skin that reads, ‘Must be available 24/7 no time off for weekends and holidays’; trading card profiles for Scrape, Scar, Bruise and Scab alongside a ‘should I pick it?’ flow chart; a puberty board game where a growth spurt moves you four inches ahead; and, of course, a list of butt nicknames.

Need I say more? Wow in the World is very fun nonfiction for ages 8+.


Kim Gruschow is the children’s book buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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