Brains: Not Just a Zombie Snack

by Stacy McAnulty (Author) Matthew Rivera (Illustrator)

Brains: Not Just a Zombie Snack
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Brains. 78% water, 100% delicious. A zombie chef who has sworn off eating brains salivates over this super powerful organ in this funny and fact-filled picture book. From learning about how the brain processes messages from our five senses, to learning why wrinkly human brains are so much more powerful than smooth mouse brains, this is a hilarious introduction to the organ that does it all. Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully brought to life by Matthew Rivera, this is a charming and irresistible picture book.

From Stacy McAnulty, author of the funny STEM picture book Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years and Our Universe series, comes the beginning of an exciting new picture book series focused on the science of the body.

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A zombie chef decides to give up her favorite food: brains. Since they were her favorite, she knows just about everything about them, like how they work and that the brain is 75 percent water. Even though the brain itself can't feel pain, when we get hurt, the brain sends messages to the parts of our bodies to tell us when we're hurt. She can't wait to share her favorite parts of the brain and what they control. Since the zombie chef has decided not to eat human brains anymore, she tries to look for a substitute, but animal brains aren't nearly as tasty. Brains are extraordinary, so if she can't have them, she won't have anything at all. This picture book takes a fascinating deep dive into everything about the brain. The book is informative and shares fun facts in an understandable way. The art style is reminiscent of children's drawings and scribbles, with a collage-like construction. The illustrations and lively color scheme will connect delightfully with the book's intended audience. VERDICT This exploration of brains and all they have to offer will be an informative and fun addition to library collections.

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Fun, if not quite enough for someone hungry to chew on all the details.

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Guided Reading Level
Henry Holt & Company
Publication date
August 31, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV036000 - Juvenile Fiction | Science & Technology
JUV052000 - Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
Library of Congress categories
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Selection 2022

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