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Nick Seluk

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Nick Seluk

RELEASE DATE: Oct. 1, 2019

An intro to the lead guitar and singer for the Brainiacs—the human brain.

The brain (familiar to readers of Seluk’s “The Awkward Yeti” webcomic, which spun off the adult title Heart and Brain, 2015) appears like a dodgeball with limbs—pinkish, tough, and roundish, with a set of square-framed eyeglasses bestowing an air of value and hipness. Other organs of the body—tongue, lungs, stomach, muscle, and heart—are included as members of the brain’s rock band (the verso of the dust coat is a poster of the band). Seluk’s breezy, conversational prose and brilliantly colored, boldly described animation illustrations provide fundamental info. The brain’s function in keeping the heart whipping and other automated functions, directing body language, translating sights and noises, keeping in mind smells and tastes, and controling sleep and cravings are all discussed, prose enhanced by discussion balloons and info sidebars. Seluk explains, notably, that sensations come from the brain: “You can control how you react…but your feelings happen no matter what.” The parodied album covers on the front endpapers (consisting of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Green Day, Run DMC, Queen, Nirvana) will entertain moms and dads—or a minimum of grandparents—and the rear endpapers dish out band members’ smart social networks and texting screenshots. Backmatter consists of a glossary and additional brain trivia however no resources or bibliography.

An excellent summary of this complex, necessary organ, with an energetic flavoring of silliness.

(Informational photo book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-16700-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2019

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