Random Body Parts

Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse
by Leslie Bulion
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
Category: Themes: Humor
Humorous, Shakespearean-inspired verse about body parts blends with whimsical art in this award-winning science poetry collection from Leslie Bulion and Mike Lowery.  
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  • ISBN: 9781561457373
  • Publication date: 03/01/2015
  • Page Count: 48
  • Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • Publication date: 03/01/2019
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Description

Humorous, Shakespearean-inspired verse about body parts blends with whimsical art in this award-winning science poetry collection from Leslie Bulion and Mike Lowery.

“[An] exquisite gem of a book.” ―School Library Journal

Leslie Bulion’s award-winning volume of anatomical verse begins with an invitation to solve a series of poetic riddles: “Of course you have a body, / But do you have a clue / Where all the body parts you’ve got are found / And what they do?”

Each poem that follows poses a puzzle in verse (with a sly wink and a nod to Shakespeare) and provides hints for uncovering the body part in question—from blood, bones, eyes, and the heart to the brain, pancreas, stomach, tongue, and more.

Sidebars throughout offer additional facts, while appended notes offer a crash course on poetic form and a few facts about the Shakespearean works that inspired the verses. Mike Lowery’s playful, original art adds context along with photographs and a diagram of the human body. A truly unique nonfiction title that’s ideal for cross-curricular learning!

Author/Illustrator

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Leslie Bulion

Author

Leslie Bulion has graduate degrees in oceanography and social work. She has written parenting and education articles and is the author of several children’s books.

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Mike Lowery

Illustrator

Mike Lowery is a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta and has illustrated several books for young readers. He lives in Georgia.

Reviews

“It’s hard not to admire the ick factor…” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A smart pick for left- and right-brained readers alike.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Whether educators are seeking material for health lesson unites, an introduction to simile and metaphor, or simply something to tempt budding poetry lovers, they’ll find this exquisite gem of a book incredible useful.” ―School Library Journal

“This collection ambitiously blends an introduction to some human physiology with puzzle poems inspired by Shakespearean writings and poetic forms, sonnet to cinquain.” ―Booklist

Awards

Parents’ Choice Approved Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2015

Notable Poetry List ―National Council of Teachers of English, 2016

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2016

Alabama Camellia Award (grades 6-8 nonfiction) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2016-2017

Resources

Resources: Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide

More Details

AR Level: 5.7
F&P: GRL T, Gr 5, Genre I
Lexile: 1060L
Themes: Biology, Human Anatomy, Poetic Forms, Shakespeare
BISAC 1: JNF042010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / Humorous
BISAC 2: JNF051030 JUVENILE NONFICTION /Science & Nature / Anatomy & Physiology
BISAC 3: JNF042010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / Humorous