K-Gr 3—Fans of Hoffman's writing and Asquith's illustrations will understand the undeniable importance of the brain. From the five senses to making memories, learning motor skills and balancing emotions, the human brain acts like the body's "command center." Along with providing vocabulary words in the glossary, the text gives enough description without being overwhelming, as when the author discusses dementia, why babies cry, and why people might be good at multitasking. The watercolor illustrations are fluid and colorful against the white pages showing simple scientific accuracy, but also use recognizable characters and designs. A variety of people are represented in the text and illustrations via culture, religion, race, physical ability, and, of course, mental capabilities. Although some of the headings and captions could be hard to read for younger readers, information about the complexity of the brain is explained thoughtfully. The clear drawings help expand comprehension. VERDICT An educational resource for young readers that uses an accessible narrative and light-hearted illustrations to explain the diverse functions and abilities of the human brain. Could also serve as a good conversation starter with children about difficult subjects like a grandparent dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Read-alikes include Hoffman's The Great Big Book of Families, Gabi Garcia's Listening to My Body, and Niels van Hove's My Strong Mind.—Hilary Tufo, Columbus Metropolitan Library-Reynoldsburg, OH Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.
Presents information about the brain and its functions including its importance to the rest of the body, how it changes over time, and how it creates memories.Review by Publisher Summary 2
The Great Big Brain Book introduces children to what the human brain is all about. Each spread features humorous, bright and engaging artwork, accompanied by accessible yet informative text on the human brain. Get ready to uncover everything you ever wanted to know about the human brain. Your brain is absolutely amazing! They are responsible for absolutely every single thing we do. Every time we breathe, or walk or talk or eat, it's all because of our brilliant brains! When we feel happy or sad, when we drop something, when we run or draw - none of this would be possible without our fantastic brains. Find out how our brains work, how they control the rest of the body and how they change over time. From how they create our memories, to how they help us learn new things and what happens to them when we are asleep, great ready to uncover lots of fascinating facts about the brain. " And don't forget to look out for the friendly cat on every page, helping us learn all about our wonderful brains!