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Children's Nonfiction Anatomy & Physiology

The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers

A Tour of Your Useless Parts, Flaws, and Other Weird Bits

by (author) Rachel Poliquin

illustrated by Clayton Hanmer

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Anatomy & Physiology, Body, Biology
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 7


A perfect book for engaging kids in STEM: This illustrated tour of our “leftover” body parts (like the appendix, or even goosebumps) introduces readers age 7-11 to the bizarre and fascinating science of evolution.

Welcome to the weirdest museum you’ll ever explore—the one inside your body. 

Did you know your amazing, incredible body is a walking, talking museum of evolution? In The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers, tour guides Wisdom Tooth and Disappearing Kidney lead readers through a wacky museum dedicated to vestigial structures: body parts that were essential to our ancestors but are no longer useful to us—even though they’re still hanging around. 

From goosebumps and hiccups to exploding organs and monkey muscles, each room in the museum shows us that these parts have stories to tell us about our past. By the time we make it to the gift shop, we’ll understand that evolution is not only messy and imperfect, but also ongoing. Our bodies are constantly changing along with the environment we live in—and there’s so much that is still unknown, just waiting to be discovered. 

Engaging, hilarious, and a visual treat, The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers is a place you’ll want to visit again and again.

About the authors

Rachel Poliquin is a writer and curator engaged with the cultural and poetic history of the natural world. She has curated taxidermy exhibits for the Museum of Vancouver and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. Poliquin is the author of, a website dedicated to exploring the cultural history of taxidermy.

Rachel Poliquin's profile page

Clayton Hanmer is an illustrator whose crude, energetic comic style has given him a surprisingly broad range of clients from The Globe and Mail to Owl Magazine. He is also the illustrator of The Secret Life of Money by Kira Vermond (Owlkids Books, 2012) and Not Your Typical Book about the Environment by Elin Kelsey (Owlkids Books, 2010). He lives in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.

Clayton Hanmer's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Full of wit, charm, and jaw-dropping facts about human evolution, The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers is an unforgettable piece of creative yet scientific storytelling.”
Jules Howard, zoologist and author of Prehistoric Creatures of the Order and Bones


Praise for the Superpower Field Guide Series written by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Frith

A Junior Library Guild Selection

An ALA Notable Book

"Clear and friendly."
School Library Journal


Praise for Beastly Puzzles by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

"Definitely bamboozling—but in a good way, as exercises in unconventional logic.”

"A fresh take on one of the more traditional kidlit categories."
Quill & Quire, STARRED Review

"Children and adults alike will have a blast guessing each animal."
School Library Journal, STARRED review
"This book is a superb combination of problem solving, picture searching and animal science."
Calgary Herald

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