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Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 3: The Nervous System Paperback – November 6, 2013


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  • Age Range: 8 - 18 years
  • Series: Survive! Inside the Human Body (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593274734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593274733
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you ever wondered:

  • How your body protects your brain?
  • Why your leg “falls asleep” when you sit in one position for too long?
  • How CT scans, MRIs, EEGs, and PET scans work?
  • Why humans have such big cerebrums compared to other animals?
  • What your spinal cord and brain stem do?
  • What kinds of new techniques doctors invent to diagnose and treat their patients?

Survive! Inside the Human Body

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"From volcanic burps to colonic bacteria, this comic-book ride through the human digestive system is a delirious joy." —Nature

"If you've got kids that are always curious and looking to learn new things, these are three gems that absolutely must be on your bookshelf." —GeekDad

"Outstanding. Fast-paced, light-hearted, and fun. It's all about the discovery and adventure!" —Confessions of a Science Librarian

 "Abundant scientific information in a format that is appealing and exciting." —NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)
 

"The science is detailed and accurate and presents the workings of the the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems in a way likely to appeal to young minds." —COSMOS Magazine

 

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Nevertheless, it is fun to read for any age-group.
Muhammed Hassanali
Unlike other manga style comic books that teach science, this one is in full color, printed on thick yet glossy quality paper.
Ardeal
In this comic book, a scientist and his young assistant become tiny and travel through a girl's nervous system and brain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chipmunk Paw VINE VOICE on February 20, 2014
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I wasn't sure what to expect from "Vol 3: The Nervous System" as we have not read Vol 1 & Vol 2. While Vol 3. does stand alone, we plan to go back and read Vol 1 & Vol 2. Vol 3. seems to pick up from where Vol 2 left off. The book is a sturdy, well-constructed paperback with vibrant illustrations. I am not accustomed to graphic novels, so it took a few pages to get used to style, but then, my 10 year old andI thoroughly enjoyed the book - and learned quite a bit. The book alternates between "graphic novel adventure" and more straightforward science explanations. We've reread the book a few times now, and gotten more out of it each time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2014
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Gomdori Co. is a group of Korean authors, artists, an creative professionals who write for children - but also for the attentive adult! The author of his particular book is Seok-young Song and is assisted in this wild adventure inside the human body by illustrator Hyun-dong Han.

This book about the nervous system is part III of the series `Survive! Inside the Human Body' and follows previous books on the digestive system and the circulatory system. It is a graphic novel in that the story is made of comic book characters whose antics serve to explore and explain (among other things) how your body protects your brain, why your leg "falls asleep" when you sit in one position for too long, how CT scans, MRIs, EEGs, and PET scans work, why humans have such big cerebrums compared to other animals, what your spinal cord and brain stem do, what kinds of new techniques doctors invent to diagnose and treat their patients - all in the form of a story. There are periodic pages that step away form the illustrational aspect long enough to offer Survival Science topics that are well presented and documented.

This may not be the best biology or human anatomy book written, but it does serve as an avenue for youngsters to become exposed to science painlessly! Grady Harp, March 14
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Poole VINE VOICE on February 25, 2014
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These are just wonderful for teaching about the nervous system. I have already told many parents about these books because my son who is in 3rd grade was very impressed as well. They are starting to talk about science topics and will get into more topics and detail as the years go by so this is a great introduction that informs without overwhelming. The graphics and story line are perfect for his age group in that they are not childish and keep him interested enough to pick it up again and again. I got volume three first but my son has already requested the other two volumes for his birthday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Spinozanator VINE VOICE on February 23, 2014
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Manhwa is REALLY popular in South Korea, where the word means "action comics". The Americanized spelling, manga, denotes those produced anywhere in Asia. South Korea is a major producer of this genre and manga is popular in the US and on the web.

I bought this series for my grandkids, who might be too young (7 & 5), but we'll see. If so, they'll eventually get there. I know I devoured comics when I was a kid. My brother and I divided them up every Sunday morning and traded after each finishing our half. Since kids are drawn to comics anyway, why not trick them into learning something? The book produces just enough idiotic interaction to bore me (but stimulate kids), interspersed with enough accurate science that easily sinks in.

Our major characters travel around the body in a little "spaceship". In the first book about the GI system, it was easy to get the "Hippocrates" in Phoebe's body. They miniaturized it, Phoebe ate it, and, of course, eventually it exited in the usual fashion. I wondered how they would introduce the Hippocrates into the nervous system. Answer? Once through the capillary system and the second time, the miniaturized unit is injected into the CSF through a lumbar puncture. In both cases, it exits inside a teardrop from Phoebe's eye.

Once safely in the body, our heroes guide Hippocrates via the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) up the spinal cord and into the brain. En route, the authors don't let any opportunity for education slip by. They coat their spaceship in a special layer of fat -- the same kind that coats nerves to make sure electrical impulses go to the right spots. They dodge nerves and synapses.
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Although I received this volume free of charge, I went ahead and purchased the first book in the series and am contemplating getting the second one too - it's THAT good. This is a very creative way of teaching children about the nervous system with Korean manga style animation. Unlike other manga style comic books that teach science, this one is in full color, printed on thick yet glossy quality paper. If you watched “Fantastic Voyage” or “Innerspace”, you get the idea what to expect in the 10 chapters of this roughly 180 page book. In addition to the story there are science lessons not just on the brain and nervous system, but also on other topics such as Eyes and REM sleep. My 10 year old who normally does not like to read “regular” books thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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This is the final part of a three-part series "inside" the human body. While it's not vital to have read the others, it is assumed that the reader is familiar with the previous adventures through the digestive and circulatory systems and can be mildly confusing to encounter references to the earlier books. The book itself is sturdy, with a strong binding and thick paper, with quality ink. The artwork is rendered well.

The book alternates between a two page (facing pages) spread with a straightforward explanation of aspects of the nervous system, e.g. protecting the brain, the cerebrum, eyes and the brain, and a comic book narrative of the two characters' journey through the nervous system. There are about 20 pages of comics before each informational spread, which seems to be a reasonably proportion. The material was overseen by medical experts, and the diagrams are clear and informative. The comic book is also sufficiently well done as not to scream "edutainment," which is often a thin varnish of dull plot over a dull narrative. This, thankfully, is neither.

While I don't think this is a substitute for an advanced text, it is suitable for children and teens. I asked two children to read it, and they also found it reasonably interesting and informative.

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my review, without any requirement that I give it a positive review, via the Amazon Vine program. I purchased a copy of vol. 2 on my own dime.
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