My Messy Body, part of the Body Works Series, by Liza Fromer and Francine Gerstein MD is a great picture book that plays off of a child’s sense of humor while explaining various bodily functions and the messes they can make. While the illustrations by Joe Weissman are playful and comical, the information given by Fromer and Dr. Gerstein does not talk down to children in the least.
Fromer and Gerstein do a great job of explaining the way our bodies work and the various messes that result in a way that kids will be able to grasp without too much difficulty, while still working in great vocabulary and medical terms and descriptions. They have also included a glossary that further explains more difficult terms, and many interesting facts (some I never knew I never knew) that will appeal to a child’s desire to spout off great facts.
While our kiddos are learning about anatomy and building their vocabularies they are going to be having a blast and giggling at the great illustrations as well as the bodily functions they will be learning about (earwax, snot, puss, and other great/gross stuff.).
Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tundra Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.