A Fascinating Look at the Brain


Every aspect of the brain - from its physical composition to its many functions is explored and depicted in this nonfiction picture book. A pair of mice (Wallace and Darwin) add humor and add sidebar content to the book. This has potential as a high interest / low readability title.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

There is a ton of information that will make kids say "wow." It is also designed for various levels of reader: from the kid who can handle long paragraphs or the person who is more comfortable with one- or two-sentence paragraphs.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is a book that you'll want to encourage your reader to take in pieces. It could easily overstimulate a developing reader.

Young Reader Reaction

My daughter loved the illustrations and laughed at Darwin and Wallace. She really liked how the drawings showed technology at work (like slicing the brain via an MRI).

Parent Reaction

This is one of those books that you jump around in. You don't have to read it front-to-back, and that actually makes for more time spent reading. The pages are jam-packed with information and imagery which may overwhelm some readers at first glance. There are plenty of speech bubbles help break break it down into manageable pieces.

Type of Book:
This nonfiction picture book combines photos and drawings and uses a comic-book-like format to teach kids about the brain.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for learning about the brain and offers comparative information across species

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 12
Age of child:
Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a perfect book for the school or classroom library, as it will likely be checked out a lot. Unless your child is into anatomy and science, this will be a book they read and then move on.

Title Brain: A 21st Century Look at a 400-Million-Year-Old Organ
Author Rob DeSalle
Publisher Bunker Hill Publishing Inc © 2010
Illustrators Patricia J. Wynne
ISBN 9781593730857
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.95
Genres Science, Science - Biology
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