Friday, October 9, 2015

Body Parts Blog Tour!

Happy Friday Everyone! Today I'm thrilled to be participating in a very cool and different blog tour for Maris Wicks' nonfiction graphic novel, Human Body Theater. Each stop on this tour will share an original illustration as well as a few interesting tidbits about the part of the human body it features, so be sure and follow along (full schedule below) so you can pick up all kinds of fun things to toss out at your next social gathering:)


It’s not just the nose, mouth, throat, and eyes that make mucus; our digestive tract does it too. Mucus coats the surface of the stomach to protect the stomach from…itself!  The stomach also makes acid to break down food. This acid is so strong that it would break down the lining of the stomach as well if it weren’t for that protective mucous layer. The stomach is made of muscle, but we can’t flex it like we flex our biceps. Instead, the stomach moves on its own, churning a mixture of food and acid, eventually leading it down to the intestines for further digestion. This movement, along with gases in the stomach, are what cause our stomachs to growl, gurgle and rumble. 
On a personal note, I just want to say that if that was my stomach in the above illustration, it would be reaching its little arm toward a big bag of chocolate. Or perhaps a cupcake. Or cookies. Probably not a nice healthy apple though ;-)

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Welcome to the Human Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each "act." By turns goofy and intensely informative, the Human Body Theater is always accessible and always entertaining.

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 photo courtesy of Dave Waller

Maris Wicks lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has harnessed the power of her various biological systems to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. Wicks is the illustrator of the New York Timesbestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. When she's not making comics, Wicks works with New England Aquarium. She's especially proud of her pulmonary system.

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  1. Wow, lol, disturbing, body parts are kind of cute and not

  2. LOL I think I would be reaching for chocolate as well. :)

    Fun post Jenny! Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend!!

  3. Very cute!! A good way to introduce some younger readers to the many strange and wonderful "body parts" we all have.
    Thanks for the fun post! Happy Friday, Jenny :)

  4. This looks like a great book for my kids, they are at such inquisitive ages. I will have to check this out with them. Happy weekend.

  5. Oh what a good book. I do know some kids who would be interested in this one.

  6. That stomach is so darn cute! Mine would be reaching for a chocolate coated potato chip. ;-)

  7. I agree that my stomach would be reaching towards something less healthy than an apple for sure!! Chocolateee!!
    This sounds like a fantastic book to make anatomy so much fun!

    1. Mine would definitely be reaching for some of your amazing cupcakes Pili!