Article Title

Human Body Theater


Katelyn Osborn


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Maris Wicks, Human Anatomy, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction Revue

Document Type

Book Review


Have you ever wondered why you have to get shots at the doctor’s office? Or why your friend is allergic to peanuts but you aren’t? How about what happens when you break your arm? What about how your heart works? Luckily, kids and preteens have a great resource in Maris Wicks’s Human Body Theater. The book is presented as a comic book style “nonfiction revue” where each chapter dives deeper into a body system or organ, presented by a personable skeleton. Topics covered include the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, endocrine, reproductive, immune, and nervous system; as well as a basic look into cell biology. If kids just can’t get enough of anatomy, a list of recommended readings is included along with a comprehensive glossary and bibliography.