Saturday, August 11, 2012

You Just Can't Help It! by Jeff Szpirglas

You Just Can't Help It! Your Guide to the Wild and Wacky World of Human Behavior by Jeff Szpirglas and Josh Holinaty
Maple Tree (Owlkids)
ISBN: 978-1926818085
Published Feb 15, 2011
Paperback, 64 pages

Owlkids has a knack for publishing highly engaging, fun books that teach kids all about the world around them. You Just Can't Help It! focuses on science and biology, highlighting these topics in an attractive and cool way. My daughter loved this book. She said it was fun and easy to read and she learned a lot of stuff.

The book is divided into four parts: how we sense the world through our five senses, how emotions affect the way we act, how we communicate—with or without words, and how we interact with others. Each section is filled with pictures, colorful illustrations, text boxes, and includes a scientific experiment that is depicted with a cartoon strip.

The idea is that we can't help our human behavior and this book shows how science can explain it all. I like that the book deals with this because when we don't understand someone's behavior we tend to be more judgemental. Reacting the way we do in certain situations is part of being human and it's good for kids to learn this.

For example, do you know why you curl your upper lip when you're disgusted? Or why you feel uncomfortable in a crowded elevator? Or why you gesture with our hands even when speaking on the phone? Are your tears different when you shed them because you're cutting onions as opposed to when you are sad? As I read through this book, I had the idea to share it in my day program with my seniors who have early stage Alzheimer's, just like I did with the book You Asked? and once again this book also engendered a good discussion. It made us think, laugh and learn new things.

This is a visually appealing book that is perfect for middle-graders, both girls and boys, reluctant readers, teachers, and parents homeschooling their kids. It's a fun book whether read alone or with a group of friends. Like You Asked?, this one too can be thrown into the car on long drives or slipped into the tote bag for sleepovers. It's a great boredom buster. Highly recommended.  

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
I will count this book toward the following challenges: TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Reviewed by Laura

Disclosure: Thanks to Owlkids for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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