Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 1
The Digestive System
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 184

"From volcanic burps to colonic bacteria, this comic-book ride through the human digestive system is a delirious joy." —Nature

Survive! Inside the Human Body, Volume 1 begins an epic journey through the human body with a look at the digestive system. This lively, full-color science comic explores Phoebe's insides after she accidentally swallows a microscopic ship. The only problem? Dr. Brain (the ship's eccentric inventor) and Phoebe's friend Geo are on board!

Geo and Dr. Brain must avoid danger at every turn—like hazardous stomach acid and feeding parasites. (Ew!) Will they escape? You've got a front-row seat as they travel through Phoebe's esophagus, stomach, and intestines.

For ages 8+

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    It is rare to find books that teach science and are engaging – without sacrificing one for the other. Survive! trilogy does this with each book focusing on one part of the body. Volume 1 focused on the digestive system, volume 2 explores the circulatory system, and volume 3 takes a tour of the nervous system.

    Dr. Brain, a grey-haired bumbling scientist, invents a ship that looks like a virus and can be miniaturized to explore the body. Dr. Brain and Geo, a self-proclaimed "Master of Survival" who lives as much by his wit as by luck, are inside the miniaturized ship when Phoebe inadvertently consumes it with cookies. All the adventures take place inside Phoebe's body as Geo and Dr. Brain try to dodge the perils they face (such as stomach acid, white blood cells, electric storms produced by firing neurons, and other internal dangers), anticipate upcoming dangers and potential ways to get out of Phoebe. All the while Kay, Dr. Brain's high-strung pony-tailed assistant, tries to get the duo out of Phoebe so they can be restored to normal size.

    The in-body adventure is action-packed, light-hearted and fun. Anatomical graphics are true representations of our bodies. Hence readers learn not only through the story's narrative, but also through the full-color pictures. At the end of each chapter is a two-page spread that summarizes key points of the chapter to help more serious readers focus on key concepts covered in the story. Overall, the trilogy is appropriate for middle-school and high-school students, but may be too basic for college students. Nevertheless, it is fun to read for any age-group. I would like to thank No Starch Press for sending me review copies of this trilogy.

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