You Are Weird: Your Body’s Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions

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Your body sports more hair than a gorilla. About 600 different species of bacteria are living in your mouth. Your head is full of holes. Back when you were a two-month-old embryo, you had a tail. Face it -- you are weird! All these wonderfully weird body features make us human. They also show that we're part of an animal kingdom whose members share a lot more than the same planet. This book tackles those weird questions that everyone's curious about but nobody seems able to answer. What does your appendix do? What exactly are goose bumps and why do we get them? Why can some people wiggle their ears? You Are Weird answers these questions plus many more, backing up answers with the latest scientific theories. Take a guided tour around our oddball organs and freaky body functions that make us who we are -- wacky, wonderful and weird, weird, weird.

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Diane Swanson is an award-winning writer of more than 70 books for children, especially nature and science. Originally from Alberta, she now resides in Victoria, British Columbia. She writes a bug column for YES magazine and is buggy about bugs.

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Grade 3–6—This look at the human body highlights the "odd" and the "gross," but backpedals with qualifiers like "wonderfully weird." Our obsolete, inherited bits such as the appendix are described with intriguing multimedia illustrations of people with distorted features and sometimes realistic, sometimes cartoon color illustrations of the parts on display. Information appears in colloquial text in columns that surround the graphics. Simple parlor-trick-style experiments illustrate points such as determining if your family still has the palmaris tendon. "Freaky Facts" sections focus on sensational details like babies and mothers with tails being executed in the Middle Ages. Weird closes with unsolved mysteries and suggestions to use science to investigate them. This is a good choice for the Guinness Book of World Records fans to read cover to cover independently or guffaw over in small groups.—S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA
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