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 www.ravishingbeasts.com, a website dedicated to exploring the cultural history of taxidermy.
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.
“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."
Other titles by Rachel Poliquin
How to High Tea with a Hyena (and Not Get Eaten)
A Polite Predators Book
Strangest Thing in the Sea, The
And Other Curious Creatures of the Deep
How to Promenade with a Python (and Not Get Eaten)
A Polite Predators Book
A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game
The Breathless Zoo
Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing
Other titles by Clayton Hanmer
How and Why Stuff Gets Popular
Dog vs. Ultra Dog
Half-Truths and Brazen Lies
An Honest Look at Lying
The Secret Life of Money
A Kid's Guide to Cash
Lowdown on Denim
Lowdown on Denim, The
Not Your Typical Book about the Environment
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