The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body  -     By: David Macaulay
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The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2008 / Hardcover

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This detailed-oriented book by David Macaulay could practically serve as a biology-textbook! Moving from cells, atoms and molecules all the way to birth, The Way We Work is a whirlwind tour through the most amazing machine of all--You! Often humorous colored-pencil illustrations provide an uncannily clear portrait of how ATP works, why muscles move, how molecules are formed, the systems of the body, and more. Using the biologically correct terms found in high school or college textbooks, students will receive an understanding of the human body in short, easy to digest segments accentuated by his trademark visual explanations. This book is perfect for keeping around the house as a gradual introduction to biology and anatomy; elementary students may be intrigued by the illustrations (though the text is advanced), while middle school and high school students should be able to gain a fantastic introduction to the subject. 336 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 10.88 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0618233784
ISBN-13: 9780618233786
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

In this comprehensive and entertaining resource, David Macaulay reveals the inner workings of the human body as only he could. In order to present this complicated subject in an accurate and entertaining way, he put in years of research. He sat in on anatomy classes, dissections, and even reached inside the rib cages of two cadavers to compare their spleen sizes. He observed numerous surgeries, including a ten-hour procedure where a diseased pancreas was removed, as well as one where a worn-out old knee was replaced by a brand new one. This hands-on investigation gives Macaulay a unique perspective to lead his readers on a visual journey through the workings of the human body.

The seven sections within the book take us from the cells that form our foundation to the individual systems they build. Each beautifully illustrated spread details different aspects of our complex structure, explaining the function of each and offering up-close glimpses, unique cross-sections and perspectives, and even a little humor along the way.
This one-of-a-kind book can serve as a reference for children, families, teachers, and anyone who has questions about how his or her body works. When readers see how David Macaulay builds a body and explains the way it works, they will come away with a new appreciation of the amazing world inside them.

Author Bio

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington PostChildrens Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

Publisher's Weekly

A Caldecott Medalist and MacArthur Fellow, perhaps best known for his pithily written, illuminatingly illustrated The Way Things Work, Macaulay has devoted himself for years to this illustrated guide aimed at demystifying the workings of the human body. Picture book or not, adults may constitute a significant percentage of its eventual audience. The book is astonishingly comprehensive, beginning with the structure of a cell, traveling through various systems (e.g., respiratory, digestive, etc.) and ending with childbirth. Followers of Macaulay will expect some wit, and it is evident, not just in captions but in throwaways, as in an explanation of taste that acknowledges that smell is “the senior partner.” However, the writing is often highly technical (“When a nonsteroid hormone arrives at its target cell, it binds to a receptor protein projecting from the cell’s surface”). The full-color drawings may help readers understand the language, but despite the friendly format, with one topic per spread, this is not a book for casual browsing nor for most preteens. On the other hand, motivated teens will feel they’ve gone to premed heaven. Ages 10–up. (Oct.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"The powerful, illuminating images will ignite curiosity and inspire awe over the magnificent connections that make up the human body."--Booklist, boxed review

"The wonder that is David Macaulay is at it again . . . His text is irreverent . . . His drawing of a hand pulling the left eye out of its socket is just gross enough to engage young readers into a description of seeing . . . The work of this Caldecott medal winner and recipient of the McArthur grant is always a must-have in any library."--VOYA (5Q4P), highlighted review

"In this highly detailed encyclopedic volume of every part of our bodies, every system of the body is explained and illustrated in very kid-friendly lingo and art. Fascinating and well worth the price tag."--Winston Salem Journal

"To his many fans, David Macaulay is nothing less than America's Explainer-in-Chief"--the Providence Journal

"...teems with double-page spreads that blend scientific accuracy with Macaulay's trademark whimsy." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"[takes] readers on a tour of ourselves--from the atoms that make us up to the brain that governs it all."--U.S. News & World Report

"You don't have to be a brain surgeon to understand this book, but it may very well inspire a few young people to become one someday."--PlanetEsme.com

" In this highly detailed encyclopedic volume of every part of our bodies, every system of the body is explained and illustrated in very kid-friendly lingo and art. Fascinating and well worth the price tag."--Winston Salem Journal

"The book is astonishingly comprehensive, beginning with the structure of a cell, traveling through various systems (e.g., respiratory, digestive, etc.) and ending with childbirth. Followers of Macaulay will expect some wit, and it is evident, not just in captions but in throwaways, as in an explanation of taste that acknowledges that smell is "the senior partner . . . motivated teens will feel they've gone to premed heaven."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In this comprehensive and entertaining resource, best-selling author David Macaulay illuminates the mysteries of the human body as only he could."--Book Page


"The wonder that is David Macaulay is at it again . . . His text is irreverent . . . His drawing of a hand pulling the left eye out of its socket is just gross enough to engage young readers into a description of seeing . . . The work of this Caldecott medal winner and recipient of the McArthur grant is always a must-have in any library."--VOYA (5Q4P), highlighted review

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