Do you know why your nostrils flare when you’re scared? It’s easier to laugh with other people around? You might feel uncomfortable in a crowded elevator? The thing is, you just can’t help yourself — you’re only human! Part Desmond Morris’s The Naked Ape, part MAD Magazine, and all Jeff Szpirglas, this unique book provides a cultural, historical, and socio-biological perspective on human behavior. From an exploration of how senses affect behavior, to our actions and reactions, verbal and non-verbal communication, and the ways we socially interact, You Just Can’t Help It! delves into our basic human biology, and how that manifests in our actions. Whether kids are reading about body language, birth order, fear, laughter, crowd behavior, sniffing smelly diapers, yawning, dreaming, or lying, they are seeing science in action. And Szpirglas’s goofy, kid-friendly sensibility paired with the book’s look, energy, and scope is guaranteed to engage and captivate young readers.
Energetic, educational, and fun.
This presentation of information encourages questioning and fact-finding which can lead to interesting projects.
A surprising amount of information is conveyed in these snazzy trivia snippets, which are likely to illicit both numerous 'eews' and 'cools,' all in one satisfied breath.
My impression of this book is awesome, and I give it a 9 out of a score of 10.
With a breezy text supported by a lively design, [Jeff Szpirglas] again presents science in a way certain to attract middle-grade and middle-school readers…Popular science through and through, you can’t help enjoying this.
A fun way to introduce readers to many aspects of human behavior, and may whet their appetites to explore some of the topics in greater depth.
a great browsing read...
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