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Witty verse about the body pairs with whimsical art in this fun collection. The poems pose puzzles in verse (nod slyly to Shakespeare) and give hints for uncovering the body part. Sidebars educate readers on anatomy, while appended notes look at poetic form and Shakespearean works that inspired the verses. Captivating lines will spark interest in poetry and biology alike....

Title : Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse
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ISBN : 9781561457373
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse Reviews

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-01-19 13:50

    *NetGalley book for review*What a cute, cool little book of poems about random body parts. I've worked in the medical field so this book of course caught my eye. I read a few to my son who thought they were silly and giggled along. This was a nice light quick read. I did think the little doddle pictures were a bit child'ish, not really sure this is a book for a kid. Perfect book to find sitting around at a doctors office.

  • Matthew Winner
    2019-01-26 18:49

    And the best book ever this week for me is called Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse. It's written by Leslie Bulion and illustrated by Mike Lowery. And just to give you a sample of what we're dealing with here, these are riddles about different body parts that the reader then gets to guess. Here's the opening riddle. It says:RIDDLE ME THISOf course you have a body, But do you have a clue,Where all the body parts you've got are foundAnd what they do?You think you have a handle,On your anatomy,But can you handle tricky riddle poems?Come on--let's see.Some riddles will seem cinch,Some challengingly tough.Your organs lurk between the linesAs you'll find, soon enough.Search head to toe to locateEach random body part.Now keep your eyes peeled…Knuckle down…The game's afoot…Let's start!With each poem describing whatever different body part, there also is at the end of it an information paragraph saying this is what the body part is and this is what the body part does. It's a wonderful guessing poem book and I look forward to sharing it in April here, being that it's poetry month and we'll be skyping with other classes around the country and reading poems like this. This will be a really fun game to play to have people guess. I also love that Leslie has taken on a great number of different rhyme schemes, different poetry styles, to offer something really special to readers. And it's one that I think it's hard to make poetry memorable and enjoyable and also introduce really good, meaty, challenging words, but make it easy to read for the audience. And I think Leslie did a perfect job with this. Mike Lowery's illustrations are really fun and cute to go along with it, too. And they add just a little bit of humor in the story. And that is why I'm calling Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse by Leslie Bulion and illustrated by Mike Lowery the best book ever this week! Way to go!This review appears on an episode of the “Best Book Ever [this week]” segment of the Let’s Get Busy podcast. Check out the original post here:

  • ✟Roxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche) ☠
    2019-02-10 17:29

    ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you.I imagine this book would look really nice as a glossy, A4, paperback. Bright, colourful and attractive with cute little drawings and speech bubbles. Visually, this is definitely a winner. After reading this book I understand that it definitely isn't aimed at my age group, I'm too old and my daughter is too young *sad face* although I believe it's something I would of liked when I was younger.I requested this because as a child I was fascinated with the human body and now...I just like gross stuff.The poetry element was a nice surprise, although towards the end it was a bit of a mish-mash (are we learning about the human body or Shakespeare?).If you're interested in the human body with an extra dose of ickyness then I recommend The Horrible Science collection. I love those collections!

  • Marjolein
    2019-02-02 15:28

    Read all my reviews on It advertises "Gross Anatomical Riddles In Verse". How could I possibly NOT be interested in this booklet?It's aimed at children, and I think it's still enjoyable even when you're no longer exactly a child. It tries to spark an interest into the human body (which I always applaud) and also into poetry as some of the riddles contain more or less obvious hints at Shakespeare. If you've already got some knowledge about the human body you're probably not going to learn anything new, but if it motivates anyone to go looking for more information it has done a great job.Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  • Riley
    2019-02-13 19:28

    This book was a very quick read. It was filled with interesting facts, while in a poetry format. I really liked it, because of this format. Normally, I wouldn't like an informational read like this, but the poetry spin on it made it enjoyable. If anyone needs to fill their poetry or nonfiction genre requirement, this book would be good for that.

  • Megz
    2019-01-26 15:21

    Random Body Parts is an adorable and witty book of verse about, well… random body parts. The illustrations are fantastic and humorous, and the verse is fast paced and relatable. As an adult reader I did find the verse to be rather juvenile but nonetheless relatable. Personally, as I don’t have kids, I would purchase this book based on the hilarious anatomical content and the lovely illustrations.Also, I would love to buy this for any young kids in my family or, had I kids, for them! Just imagine reading this at bedtime: “You can search for lost words on my tip,Or reveal hidden thoughts when I slip.With my muscle-bound shove,Tasty foods that you love,Deconstruct on a long downward trip.”(Yep. My kids are going to be the ultimate nerds one day.)I think the true genius in this book is that the illustrations and easy verse make it suitable for a younger audience from age 5, but the learning opportunity about poetry and anatomy also makes it appropriate for an audience of the age of about 10. Disclaimer: I received an e-galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emily
    2019-02-13 14:51

    4 starsRandom Body Parts is a SUPER cute book of short poems about several different parts of the body, including the heart, the stomach, the eyelids, and the bloodstream. I absolutely loved several of the poems, while others were a little "eh" for me. The best part of the whole book (definitely warranting an extra half star) was the superb illustration work done by Mike Lowery. The next best part of this book was the little excerpts about each body part following the poem. They were easy to understand and also included prompts for how to sound out difficult words. Overall, a cute book about human anatomy-- definitely would buy for a child who is interested in science/the body. Probably grades 3-5 appropriateThis book was provided to me by the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-09 14:21

    OH MY! This book is one of the most interesting books I will ever read, though very engaging. I needed one more poetry book so I decided to read this. I found it really fun to try to figure out what body part they were talking about and I think that's what kept me engaged. I was able to read it in one class period which was great! I recommend Random Body Parts to anyone who needs a poetry book or is just looking for a funny and interesting read.

  • Donalyn
    2019-01-23 19:51

    I suggest reading the informational call out boxes to provide background information and context before reading each poem. Helpful glossary of science terms and poetic forms in the back matter.

  • Abby
    2019-02-10 14:42

    This book was pretty funny, and it was a very good quick-read, for poetry. It was a little random to me, but overall it was a good short book.

  • Trevor
    2019-02-03 17:51

    It was an interesting book to say the least and if you are using this for your chart, it can be counted as non-fiction ore poetry. I little boring.

  • Roger Clarke
    2019-02-19 11:29

    This was a very original book, as I have never seen an informational book that was told in poetry. I liked how it gives clues as to what body part it is talking about and once it is clear what part is being discussed, it gives more information about how it works and why it is important. I would guess that children of doctor's probably see this book at home, as this is very kid friendly book but also has a very informative side to it. The pictures also help add to the fun flavor that this book brings.

  • Maria
    2019-02-19 11:25

    Clever and funny.

  • Laura Salas
    2019-02-02 16:24

    I love a poetry collection that's a good mash-up, so Leslie Bulion's latest, Random Body Parts (Peachtree, 2015), makes me squeal with joy! First, it's poems about body parts. Yes, please. Annnd, it's poems in a ton of different poetic forms. Excellent. But wait. There's more. Every poem has a nod to Shakespeare's writing. Say whaaaaaaat?I know. It's too much to take in, isn't it?To get the idea, I'm going to have to share a poem, its sidebar, and its end note. Since my stomach growls all the time (so embarrassing), I'm sharing the poem "Lunchtime." Seatbelt buckled? Here we go!LunchtimeThrice the empty pot has whined.Thrice times thrice the cavern gapes.The signal comes: 'Tis time, 'tis time!In the cauldron, mix and stewChoice ingredients for our brew:Flesh of fowl ground into hash,Blood of berries bled from mash,Wheat paste wet with human spit,Plant parts mangled bit by bit.Grumble, grumble, roil and rumble,Acid burn and slurry tumble.Lumps of lard from fatted swine,Shellfish innards laced with brine,Spuds unearthed from ud, then fried,Mucus oozed from deep inside,Milk that's soured into curd--Borborygmus roars are heard!With a pulverizing rumble,Churn and thrash the slushy jumble. --Leslie Bulion, all rights reservedSidebar: Your stomach, more a muscular bag than an empty pot, churns food into a thick, liquidy shake called chyme. Putting food in your cavernous mouth signals your stomach to produce strong acids and digestive juices that help break food down into nutrients your body can use. Luckily, the stomach is coated with slimy mucus so it can't digest itself! The growling sound your stomach and intestines make as they work is called borborygmus (bor/bor/RIG/mus). [Addendum: Now on school visits, I can apologize for my borborygmus!]End note: Lunchtime: This poem is written with the same rhyme pattern and number of beats, or meter, as the witches' speech in William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth: "Double, double toil and trouble;/Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." Imitating a well-known poem is a wonderful way to practice rhythm and rhyme in poetry. After the first three non-rhyming lines, the rest of the poem is written in couplets--two lines in a row that rhyme. What part of your body is "the cavern" in the beginning of the poem?Wow. You've got your STEM, your poetry writing, your Shakespeare reading--all tied up in a neat, clever collection. I got to see a sneak peak of this back at NCTE when Leslie posed for my Be a Star campaign!And we got to go out for a yummy breakfast and walked the exhibit floor a bit, too, where I admired Leslie's new book at the Peachtree booth.I highly recommend Random Body Parts--perfect for science teachers, English teachers, poetry lovers, Shakespeare fans, and anyone who like a bit of dark humor. If you're hungry for good poetry, stave off borborygmus (see what I did there) with a copy of Random Body Parts.

  • Lindsey Lewis
    2019-01-21 13:27

    You know that heartbreaking feeling when you misjudge a book by its cover? You see it sitting there, and are instantly attracted to it, but when you open it up, it's full of disappointment? Not unlike my recent dating experiences.Well, I (luckily) had the exact opposite experience with Random Body Parts. While it wasn't necessarily the cover that made me uncomfortable, but my experience with NetGalley has found the "Read Now" section contains landmines, enough that my finger wavers before clicking to download one I may be interested in. I read the blurb, I deliberated, and then I just said "Gross riddles about the human body? How could that be disappointing? Even if the verse is terrible and the illustrations are bad, it's body humor, not Shakespeare (you'll find out why that's funny in a moment)."And it wasn't. It was so much more than that. The illustrations are hilarious and cute, reminiscent of a scrapbook. The verse IS gross, disgustingly funny but still appropriate for children. This book aims to establish interest in science and poetry by evoking children's interest in the disgusting anatomical gags they find so wonderful (I'm 2o and I still make fart jokes, so I'm no delicate flower). From a clever play on Macbeth about the stomach to a heart-wrenching (literally *wink*) Sonnet 18, allusions to Shakespeare help give these silly verses some literary weight. I'm not even a fan of Shakespeare but I enjoyed reading the way these riddles were inspired by his work.It also renewed my faith in NetGalley's "Read Now" section. Perhaps some publishers are just generous with their good works. The Good BookLord knows I needed this after I got rejected from that new RL Stine novel a few months ago (I just haven't been the same...)

  • Ben Langhinrichs
    2019-02-19 11:42

    There may be some who can resist a book with poetic riddles, science and gross imagery, but not me. With witty and intriguing poems that often slyly echo Shakespeare, entertaining illustrations and explanations for those youngsters who want to dive deeper into the science, this would be an excellent book for middle grade classrooms or homes.A few of the words may be challenging, especially the more medical ones, but the author does a great job of explaining what they mean. Kids will enjoy learning some of the grosser words, and may well be heard repeating some of the clever phrases.One riddle that I particularly enjoyed: Wherefore Art Thou, Alveoli? al VEE oh LI al VEE oh LI please tell me why we must rely on such small fry to say goodbye to carbon di- oxide and then how is it that you know just when to give us oxygen again?My only quibble with the format of the book is that the solutions are too close to the riddles, though I understand it would have made the book much longer to put them on subsequent pages. I simply think kids might try a little harder to figure out the riddles (and feel smart when they do!) if the answers were more removed. On the other hand, I love that the poetic forms are explained at the end after the glossary. Yay, poetry!Nonetheless, I would strongly recommend this for fifth and sixth graders interested in science, poetry, riddles or the human body.Re-posted from My Comfy Chair review blog based on an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  • Bruce Gargoyle
    2019-02-10 12:21

    I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:This one does exactly what it says on the box: you guess which body part a cheeky verse is describing. Some are blindingly obvious, and some take a little more deciphering, but all in all there’s a lot of fun to be had here mixing science and literacy.This is fun, funny and pitched perfectly for the middle to upper primary age bracket. The combination of science and literacy and humour will no doubt get teachers excited, as finding exciting new ways to introduce certain subjects to reluctant readers (and learn ears) can sometimes be a challenge.There are plenty of illustrations, and a glossary and annotations so there’s a lot going on visually for those who get bored looking at print on a page. The kindle format that I received did have a few formatting problems with regard to the artwork, so I didn't get the best idea of how the text and images worked together, which is why I have only rated the book a three. That aside though, this book harnesses the brilliant (and educationally useful) idea of linking two subject areas that rarely see the light of day together, except in picture books for the early years, and executes it with vim and vigour. I would highly recommend this to middle grade readers who are fond of poetry, science and riddles - separately or together, and to teachers looking for a different kind of read-aloud to introduce the study of the body.

  • Jillian Frasher
    2019-02-19 18:25

    I rarely RARELY give books 1 star. It kind of hurts me to do so. HOWEVER. The concept of the book is very cool, but it does not fit the target audience at all. It is targeted for upper elementary/middle school, while I think it would actually work better in a high school. The poems were confusing and if you didn't know a lot about anatomy it could be hard to guess what the poems were about until they told you at the end. I believe this is intended to be used to supplement other knowledge about the human body and to make learning more about it fun, but it doesn't work. The poems are also all based on different Shakespearean sonnets, poems, verses, etc. I caught a few of the references, but the target audience is not going to understand those at all. All of the references are explained at the end of the book, but if this english literature major didn't catch most of them, a general reader will not. It could definitely be used in high school science/anatomy and/or english classrooms. Perhaps even the science and english teachers coordinating and using this book together to teach both anatomy and Shakespeare. But for the intended audience? SKIP SKIP SKIP. DO NOT READ.

  • Trudy Zufelt
    2019-02-16 17:30

    Scientists might know what happens when left brain meets right. Literature enthusiasts are about to find out.Bulion gives a nod to Shakespeare with poem titles like "Wherefore Art Thou, Alveoli?" and "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Auricles!" While exploring the inner workings of the human body through different poetry styles, the reader gets a chance to guess the organ systems from silly and sometimes "icky" rhymes. Though the answers are found on the same page, it doesn't take the fun of the riddle away.The comic illustrations mixed with microscopic close up of body systems strengthens the smile muscles and gives the eyes plenty of exercise. The intended audience may be too young for the back "poetry notes" and the relations to Shakespeare's work but are interesting, nevertheless. A fun book to stimulate the budding scientist's interest in literature and to plant the blooming poet firmly into the world of science.I received an ARC copy. My review exactly as appeared first on my blog, Boys to Books.

  • Earl
    2019-01-28 15:31

    This is a delightful book that can be enjoyed by elementary or middle school children on up. The poems are cute and catchy while still providing the information or riddle which allows the reader to guess what body part is being described. While having the "answers" on the following page with the next poem might aid in preventing a child's wandering eyes from "cheating," I think this would be an ideal book for a parent to read with a child, so the answer being on the same page is less important. I envision a parent providing a dramatic (comic?) reading of a poem then having the child provide the body part. From there, depending on where the interest may be, they can talk a bit more about either the science or the poetic form. Maybe first time through the book talk about the science for everything, then talk about the poetic forms and go back and focus on that. Playtime, family time, and learning all rolled into one!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-15 17:40

    This is a super cute book filled with poems based on body parts. Following each poem there is a little fun fact that tells something about the body part. This would be really fun to read to kids around 4th-6th grade. The poems are set up as riddles where you try to guess what body part it's about. Some are easier than others. One of my favorites: "Quick as a Wink" Grittyif not for methat is for certainTo seeor not to see;Iam the curtain.At the end of the book the author explains each poem telling if it's free verse, rhyming, haiku, etc. It's a great way to introduce kids to different styles of poetry while making it fun (and sometimes a little gross) in the process.

  • Dana
    2019-02-01 16:44

    What a totally cool book! It has the unusual combination of biology and poetry and with poems and riddles about body parts, also gives factual information about the human body and includes information about each poem - it's type and rhyme pattern etc... at the end of the book. I think this book is a fun and unusual way to look at body parts and poetry for kids. It includes drawings and some photographs, a glossary, a diagram of the human body, and more. From the heart to the bones, eyes, blood, pancreas, brain and more, a variety of interesting and sometimes a bit disgusting information is shared in the form of poems, rhymes and prose. It is quite informative and lots of fun to read. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

  • Heidi
    2019-02-04 19:37

    Poetry is an interesting method for learning about the human body. But the riddles in this book make for a fun way to learn about different parts of the body. While the poetry is not the best I've ever read, it works for the topics being covered. Some of the poems display great imagery, such as the poem about blood being like a river or comparing the heart to a clenched-up fist. The illustrations provide clues about the subject of each poem. After each poem is a short paragraph briefly highlighting the described body part and its function. This book provides a fun way to combine science and poetry. Children who are fascinated by the human body and enjoy poetry or riddles are bound to find the book of interest.

  • Paul Franco
    2019-02-07 15:48

    A small book that’s basically florid rhymes—some forced, some clever—about body parts, followed by more scientific explanations. For me this was almost a guessing game; anatomy was my worst subject. And some of them are pretty gross. The twist is the whole thing is based on Shakespeare; if the Macbeth opener doesn’t convince you, the “Shall I compare you?” sonnet will. There’s even a rudimentary drawing of Shakespeare later on. In a book that’s only 48 pages, and a lot of that being graphics, just a little more than half of that is actual book, with a glossary and poetry explanations taking up the rest. And yet I couldn’t say that making it longer would necessarily make it better.3.5 pushed up to 4/5

  • Katy
    2019-01-22 18:28

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This was a clever little book! I am probably not in the target age group, but I can definitely see how this would be a fun way to help kids learn anatomy (while simultaneously teaching them about different poetry styles). The poems where simple, but fun. I did have serious issues with the copy that was sent to my kindle. The text and pictures were jumbled up and some of them were almost impossible to decipher because of how screwy the pages were. Definitely one you would want to get a physical copy of.

  • American Mensa
    2019-02-08 18:38

    Review by Scott W., age 9, Central South Carolina MensaRandom Body Parts is a great book that teaches you about the human anatomy in fun poem form. Each page contains a poem about the body and then facts about that body part. How many times does your heart muscle contract every day? How much does your brain weigh? Read the book to find out. Random Body Parts is a unique book because it isn’t like any book that I have ever read before! I highly recommend this book to readers who are trying to find a good book or want to learn more about the human anatomy.

  • Ron
    2019-02-06 11:49

    Random Body Parts uses comic riddle verses to teach anatomy lessons for elementary and middle school students. There are sidebars filled with information on body parts following the answers on each page. This book would be great for reading aloud to groups of kids so they can yell out the answers. There are also notes regarding poetry that explain rhythm, meter,sonnets and other concepts. In all an enjoyable book that definitely will educate while entertaining!

  • Kelsey Sant
    2019-02-19 14:47

    This is a mix between an informational text about body parts/organs and Shakespearean poetry. It mimics/plays off of many of Shakespeare's great works, which will most likely be over students heads.It was a bit too confusing to really teach much of the body's anatomy, and the way it was presented obscured some of the poetry. Definitely for older readers, younger students will not understand the content nor the format.

  • Princess Godoy
    2019-01-29 16:33

    (I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)This is a fun and light read wherein science is made more fun. I personally think that this is a book for all because it's not just for kids, teens and adults but for everyone.If you want a fun, smart and witty read this is for you.

  • Susie
    2019-02-02 18:39

    This book is very clever and unique; it must have taken a lot of effort to make each rhyme so descriptive and imaginative. I read several of them aloud for students to guess the body part. (not all are that easy) I even learned the word "borborygmus" I think it would be a great idea to have students write their own rhymes.