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publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
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You Just Can't Help It!

Your Guide to the Wild and Wacky World of Human Behavior

by Jeff Szpirglas, illustrated by Josh Holinaty

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list price: $22.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: March 2011
ISBN:9781926818078
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
imprint: Maple Tree
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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.

About the Authors

Jeff Szpirglas

JEFF SZPIRGLAS is the critically acclaimed author of Gross Universe and Fear this Book, among others. His stories have been published in Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, where he also worked as a kids’ page editor. He has written for the television series' Polka Dot Shorts, Ricky’s Room, and System Crash, and co-produced two radio pieces for CBC’s Out Front. He lives in Toronto, where he influences young minds on a daily basis as an elementary school teacher.
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Josh Holinaty

JOSH HOLINATY graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2007, and studied at the New York Studio Program (a satellite of Parson’s New School for Design). His work has been exhibited internationally, at galleries in Los Angeles, Germany, New York, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. He has illustrated for The Globe and Mail, EYE Weekly, Broken Pencil Magazine, and Transworld Skateboarding Magazine among others. He lives in Toronto.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 6
Awards
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Red Maple Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Starred Selection
  • Winner, Ontario Library Association, Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Best Bets List
Editorial Reviews

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.

— Quill & Quire

Energetic, educational, and fun.

— CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

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.

— School Library Journal

a great browsing read...

— Shelf Candy Blog

My impression of this book is awesome, and I give it a 9 out of a score of 10.

— Yes Mag

This presentation of information encourages questioning and fact-finding which can lead to interesting projects.

— Canadian Teacher

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.

— Kirkus Reviews

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You Just Can’t Help It! Your Guide to the Wild and Wacky World of Human Behavior

This unique book provides a cultural, historical and socio-biological perspective on human behaviour, synthesizing several branches of science — from anthropology to zoology — along the way. Think of it as your official guide to all the wild and wacky things you do. Szpirglas tells us the things we do as individuals and as part of society can all be explained by science.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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