Human Body Theater

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Fact-filled and funny comic outlines human biology.

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Educational Value

Human Body Theater does an excellent job of providing information about the systems and processes that occur in the human body. The book contains a bibliography and a list of further reading.

Positive Messages

Everyone should be able to talk frankly about how the human body works. Readers can do many simple things that will improve their health.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The skeleton who serves as the emcee for the show at the Human Body Theater is highly knowledgeable -- but she also has a silly side.


The reproductive system is discussed in detail, but the depiction of the external sex organs is more schematic that representational.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Human Body Theater is a clever nonfiction graphic novel that discusses the 11 systems that make up the human body, from the skeletal systems to the five senses. Written and illustrated by Maris Wicks, the book tackles a complex subject with clarity and sensitivity. It's well researched, informative, and sometimes very silly.

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Parent Written byClaire S. November 20, 2016

my daughter's current favorite book

My girl is 6 years old and this is her favorite book. It has smileys everywhere, which she loves. Even the bad guys (virus, microbes) are not scary. It give p... Continue reading

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What's the story?

At the Human Body Theater, a skeleton serves as the master of ceremonies, guiding visitors on a trip through the 11 systems that make up the human body. Organs and processes act like people, with arms, legs, and facial expressions, but the knowledge they impart is sometimes serious business. Readers learn about why the brain dreams, how the body fights infection, and where poop comes from.

Is it any good?

Finding a way to make information about human biology accessible and enjoyable to middle-grade readers is a difficult challenge, but this graphic novel finds the right balance of fact and fiction. HUMAN BODY THEATER presents technical information about the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and other systems but leavens it with witty asides and cute antics.

The combination of text and illustrations works to instruct with clarity and precision. Because the book is aimed at middle schoolers, there's talk of boogers, farts, and other bodily processes, but the grossness factor doesn't get out of hand.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some subjects are well suited for comics and graphic novels. What are some of the topics that work best in that medium?

  • Why is it important to know how the systems in the human body work?

  • What small changes can you make that will have a big impact on your health?

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