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Kay's Anatomy

Written by Adam Kay

Illustrated by Henry Paker

Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Fascinating Facts General Non-Fiction Science

LoveReading View on Kay's Anatomy

Hugely entertaining and hugely informative guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the human body

A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body

This is an information text that will be read with great pleasure and is actually as unputdownable as a novel. It is very apparent that the multimillion-copy selling author and medical doctor has never grown out of his gleeful fascination with the human machine and has a real knack for presenting complex facts both clearly and concisely while making the reader laugh out loud. Similarly, the illustrations by Henry Parker combine accurate explanatory diagrams and zany amusing cartoons, often on the same page. Much of the humour is, of course, derived from the more disgusting aspects of the internal and external body and to making fun of the complicated language and terminology doctors and scientists use, but nonetheless using and explaining all those terms. Indeed the book concludes with a brilliantly educative glossary (and even the jokes are indexed!) A running gag is Clive and the ‘naming committee’ responsible for naming body parts, as is the continued references to the author’s dog Pippin, but always in a way which enhances an explanation or a description and develops understanding. Chapters cover all the organs and systems of the body as well as reproduction, life and death and germs (including COVID-19) and include Kay’s Kwestions (another running gag about needing a replacement Q on his keyboard) and True or Poo  sections which answer the sort of questions inquisitive children will be dying to ask and expose the myths, misinformation and old wives tales that you might have heard. He does not shrink from difficult topics or giving unpopular advice – junk food, smoking and drinking really are bad for you and washing your hands properly is important. As genuinely useful as any textbook or revision guide, I would suggest multiple copies will be needed to satisfy demand in any school library.

Joy Court

Kay's Anatomy Synopsis

The hilarious first children's book from the UK's bestselling non-fiction author. Do you ever think about your body and how it all works? Like really properly think about it?

The human body is extraordinary and fascinating and, well . . . pretty weird. Yours is weird, mine is weird, your maths teacher's is even weirder. This book is going to tell you what's actually going on in there, and answer the really important questions, like: Are bogeys safe to eat? Look, if your nose is going to all that effort of creating a snack, the least we can do is check out its nutritional value. (Yes, they're safe. Chew away!) And . . . How much of your life will you spend on the toilet? About a year - so bring a good book. (I recommend this one.) So sit back, relax, put on some rubber gloves, and let a doctor take you on a poo (and puke) filled tour of your insides.

Welcome to Kay's Anatomy*.

*a fancy word for your body. See, you're learning already.

Kay's Anatomy Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

If you think learning about the human body is boring you NEED to read this book! It is completely hilarious with amazing funny pictures. Full review

Lucas Blake (Age 10)

Absolutely awesome! So funny and cool facts! Full review

Aidan Jones (Age 8)

I have learnt so much from this book and I would 1000% recommend it to someone else. Full review

Frankie Dumville (Age 9)

A funny, comical book about the human body. An excellent guide. Full review

Rob (Age 11)

Better than a science lesson! Full review

Heston Chaytors (Age 10)

I really like this book and I think every kid should read it. Full review

Abigail Morrow (Age 7)

This book should be book of the year (not just a book of the month). Kay’s Anatomy’ is hysterical. It’s a guide to the human body as the title says but is done in a fun and sometimes disgusting way. Full review

Amatullah Khatun (Age 10)

This book is totally awesome and I learned so much! Full review

Lily O’Dwyer (Age 12)

Hilariously funny and educational book about the human body! Full review

Sam Briggs (Age 11)

This book is a fun way to learn about a human body and have fun at the same time! Even a reluctant reader will enjoy it! Full review

Seraphina Pope (Age 11)

It is a fun and exciting book about the body. It is a entertaining way to learn and have a laugh at the same time. Full review

Ruben Kiss (Age 10)

This book is really funny and it is even better than a science lesson. I recommend it for all children 11 under. I really enjoyed the POO OR TRUE parts. Full review

Gene Macaulay (Age 9)

Kay’s Anatomy is disgustingly gross yet truly fascinating! I want more. Full review

Olivia Hughes (Age 10)

Full of mind-blowing facts, interesting illustrations and entertaining jokes! Full review

Ellen Hall (Age 11)

Amazing Book which explains human anatomy in such a fun way. Full review

Prisha Yadav (Age 11)

Great book giving really good information and facts about the human body. Ideal for boys and girls who love information in a fun way. Full review

Angelito Francisco (Age 9)

This book would be fine for children younger than me (or adults!) too. The information is presented in an entertaining, informative and sometimes funny way so the book is really easy to read. The format works well and the information is relevant to a wide range of ages. Full review

Toby (Age 14)

Kay's Anatomy Press Reviews

'Totally brilliant!' - Jacqueline Wilson

'If only this funny and informative book had been around when I was too embarrassed to teach my kids about bodily functions' - David Baddiel

'The sort of book I would have loved as a child' - Malorie Blackman

'Hilarious and fascinating!' - Konnie Huq 

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241452912
Publication date: 15th October 2020
Author: Adam Kay
Illustrator: Henry Paker
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Topics: Body / Health, Fascinating Facts, General Non-Fiction, Science

About Adam Kay

Adam Kay is a multi-award-winning writer, comedian and former doctor. His first book, an undergraduate textbook called Rapid Obstetrics and Gynaecology didn't do particularly well, but his next two did rather better. This is Going to Hurt has sold over two million copies, been translated into 37 languages, and is the bestselling narrative nonfiction title of the decade, spending over a year at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller chart. It is soon to be a major BBC comedy-drama. His follow-up, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, sold over 500,000 copies in the last three months of 2019, and saw him become the ...

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