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Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood Hardcover – February 9, 2012
This book is a gem -- packed with bloody trivia, historical tidbits and presented in a contemporary graphic novel-like format that will appeal to even the most squeamish of teens. (KC Dyer The Winnipeg Review 2012-07-05)
Kyi's matter of fact, macabre style is very effective in drawing readers (especially reluctant ones) to her text. (CM 2012-05-04)
This book explores blood in a way that will have readers cringing (in a good way). It does not look at blood in the biological sense, but instead it investigates how blood is vital in our history, culture, and religion. The book includes chapters about rituals involving blood, rites of passage, drinking blood, family ties, and blood types. The reader learns all about blood from the narrator, Harker, a teenage boy who happens to know a lot about the topic. The book is written in black and red and has comic-style pictures and the text is written humorously so that it is informative and entertaining. This book would be useful as a research tool, but it is also a good book to just learn some facts about how blood is treated around the world. It's a bloody good read! RECOMMENDED (Patricia Walsh, Educational Reviewer, Norfolk Library Media Connection 2013-04-01)
If you are up for all aspects of the subject from the weird to the scientific, this book is for you. (Olen R. Brown Science Books and Film)
About the Author
Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of numerous books for young readers, including The Lowdown on Denim and 50 Burning Questions: A Sizzling History of Fire. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Steve Rolston is an award-winning comic book and graphic novel artist. He also illustrated The Great Motion Mission. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Top Customer Reviews
About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: Requested a copy from the publisher
Introduction. The Bloody Facts
1. Blood and Ritual
2. Rites of Passage
3. Sips and Suppers
4. Ties That Bind
5. Reading The Blood
6. A Taste For Blood
The format of this book was wonderful, fully illustrated and even the text is part of the design and layout to make the book visually and viscerally appealing. The book looks at historical facts, trends, and mythology, and moves on down to current science, both medical and forensic. It will have an appeal to a wide range of readers. With break-out sections expanding on the main points, quick facts and quirky illustrations, it will keep the reader turning the pages and when they hit the end wanting more. The story is told in part as a young man researches the history of blood and his girlfriend the vampire shares her insight. This was an amazing story to read; I literally could not put it down and read it in a single sitting. And I know lots of children and even parents who will enjoy all the knowledge shared in such a playful way. The story was so great I have already tracked others down by both the author and illustrator to read and that says a lot about how good it is.
This is one jam-packed book. My tween is very much a reluctant reader unless he discovers a book himself but even he was intrigued when I'd call him over to share some of the fascinating info within. I loved that it focused not only on the scientific side of blood like how people learned what it really does and how our bodies use it but contains a massive amount of cultural stuff as well. Afterall, ancient people had very different beliefs about blood than what we know today. It was fun reading the parts about how blood is consumed with my kid who thought it was 'sooo disgusting'.
The only issue I found with SEEING RED was actually in the formatting. Occasionally the images would overlap sections of text making it impossible to read a few lines in full. Artistically speaking the blood drops and bandages give it a great look but not being able to read some text should just have been a no-no. The comic about Harker meeting vampires is a cute aside as he learns the blood stuff along with the reader though.
On the whole I would love to see this in our school library because I think this was both educational and entertaining, a combination I want to see more of for this age group. As an adult I was impressed with the variety of topics and how it was all presented. Fascinating discussions are sure to follow reading about the Holy Grail and porphyria, 'blood brothers' and menstruation, vampires and the criminology of blood spatter.
**Review copy received via NetGalley.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You really can't go wrong with Tanya Lloyd Kyi! She's the author of several other books for children, particularly specializing in the "so gross but so cool" categories. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)
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