“Our bodies are so amazing! So beautiful! So complicated! So… gross! This book of poems by Allan Wolf ventures to explore everything from cells and organs to bones and body systems. Have you ever stopped to think about how important it is for knees and elbows to bend? Because if they couldn’t, there would be no way to scratch our noses and there would be no marriage proposals! I bet young students have never realized that without involuntary muscles like our hearts, we’d have to work very hard at remembering to pump our blood through our veins! The gross factor of this book is superb, and as spit, bile, digestion, and (gasp!) puberty are divulged, it will most definitely have readers engrossed and entertained!
With its clever illustrations and humorous overtone, this text would most certainly enrich a number of lessons. Primarily, it could be used at the elementary level to help science teachers collaborate together with a reading teacher. While the science teacher could use this book as a companion to nonfiction reading, a reading teacher could use this text as a model for creative writing, specifically to teach personification. A high school anatomy teacher could even incorporate this text into his/her class as a way to inspire student imagination and have them create body system dramatic plays! ”