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Illumanatomy: See inside the human body with your magic viewing lens (See 3 images in 1) Hardcover – October 5, 2017
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Milan-based design duo CARNOVSKY was started by Silvia Quintanilla and Francesco Rugi in 2007. They have gained wide recognition for their RGB project, first displayed in 2010. Their work has been published in magazines around the world, such as Vogue, Wired, Frame, Wallpaper, Elle Decor, and Whitewall. Their wallpaper 'Jungla' won the 2012 Wallpaper Magazine Design Award for Best Wallpaper.
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The book is about 63 pages long and it shows pictures of the body as a whole, the head, eyes and ears, mouth and nose, heart, ribs and lungs, abdomen, how a baby grows, arms and hands and the legs and feet. There are detailed black and white pictures of the different body parts with different medical terminology. For example, on the brain page it labels the cerebellum and what it controls. On the ears page it explains where the eardrum is and what it is. Overall, I am very excited to be able to use this with my son and teach him with cool pictures how his body works. Its a very informative book. I've attached pictures of the different colored screens to show what it looks like.
For me, as an adult, I actually saw the regions of muscles and the connections that my gym trainer has been talking about. For youngsters this will open a whole new world to what is going on inside the body. The book will be helpful for upper elementary, junior high and some high school science and biology classes. It’s not so much a high tech naming of body parts as it is to see the “where/placement” in relationship to other parts.
The book really gives you a look inside without being “yucky”. Even the most squeamish of children and adults will have no problem learning about how they “work” with these wonderful and innovative illustrations.
The "bar" with the colored panes - just one pane so you have to hold it up to one eye and close the other, think of sighting down a scope. Compare this to the last version of this that I had seen 10 or 20 years ago, with whole sheets that would lay down over the page, so you could see the entire page at once with both eyes, easily.
I also find it a bit distracting that each "version" in the drawings don't necessarily line up. I would have preferred it had each illustration shown the actual positions relative to each other. So if the mouth is closed so that the teeth touch when looking at the skeleton "layer" of the drawing, I would've preferred that the teeth were also touching when looking at the muscle, instead of the teeth in a different, more opened mouth position. To me it would be better if you could peel off those layers and see what was beneath. Some other drawings have, for example, the head looking level to a side, and when you look at the skeleton, it shows the head tilted as if looking up. Minor things, and may not distract anyone else, but it distracts me and my son. I'm assuming that for some of these drawings, there's no way to avoid it, since otherwise maybe there was no way to get the colors overlaid so you could clearly see both. But I don't think that's the reason for all.
But my reservations about that and the small strip with the colored panes to peek through one eye at a time aside, the illustrations in here are quite gorgeous and detailed. The illustrations are why I gave this four stars instead of the three I originally planned. Even with the annoyance of the small window to look through with just one eye, compared to other versions of this I'd seen that used the overlay sheet to make it so much easier to look at and enjoy and study, the artwork was considerably beyond those other, easier to use books. If they had done this book with the overlay sheets like that, I'd have given it 5 stars. I just can't gush enough about how great these drawings are, details, shading, even though you're looking with just the one eye, there's a depth to them. Really nicely done.
This book is very educational. It will make learning about the body fun for young children that are learning about bones and organs in school. It would also appeal to older children and teens that are learning anatomy for the first time. It also could make an interesting coffee table book for adults. I am going to be buying another copy for a science teacher that I know will love the book. Illumanatomy breaks the body down into sections over 64 pages. This allows you to slow digest and absorb the information and learn the entire body over a week or two. My family really enjoys this book and we highly recommend it.