Blood and Goo and Boogers Too!
Steve Alton, , illus. by Nick Sharratt. . Dial, $17.99 (10pp) ISBN 978-0-8037-3325-1
This pop-up book is a cartoony guide to the circulatory and respiratory systems with plenty of boogers, blood and germs—as well as tabs, levers and flaps that provide pertinent information about the body. A giant proboscis invites readers to “Pick Open!” panels, which reveal factual tidbits about the functions of the nose; a stream of snot that readers can pull out of a nostril offers the official name for “compulsive nose-picking” (rhinotillexomania). Readers can also “Crack open” a pair of ribs to see how air fills the lungs; on subsequent pages, a cartoon boy shows off his circulatory system and heart. The grand finale offers a pop-up roller coaster ride and additional facts underneath flaps. The lighthearted humor and emphasis on all things gross entertain and inform. Ages 6–8.
Reviewed on: 03/02/2009