Synopses & Reviews
How many times have you been frightened and felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Or been unable to hold back a laugh? Or flinched when an object whizzed by, too close for comfort? The thing is, you just canand#8217;t help yourself and#151; youand#8217;re only human! Part Desmond Morrisand#8217;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.
Szpirglasand#8217;s goofy, kid-friendly sensibility paired with the bookand#8217;s look, energy, and scope is guaranteed to engage and captivate young readers. Kids will read about body language, birth order, staring contests, fits of laughter, crowd behavior, sniffing dirty diapers, yawning, dreaming, and the art of lying and#151; only to realize that science is at work behind each action!
You Just Canand#8217;t Help It! is an enthralling and slightly zany exploration of the basic human biology that determines our reactions, social interactions, and the ways we communicate with one another.
and#147;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 readersand#133;Popular science through and through, you canand#8217;t help enjoying this.and#8221;
and#151; Kirkus Reviews
"A fun way to introduce young readers to many aspects of human behavior, and may whet their appetites to explore some of the topics in greater depth."
and#151; Quill and Quire
About the Author
is the award-winning author of Gross Universe
and Fear this Book
, among others. His stories have been published in Chirp
magazines, where he also worked as a kidsand#8217; page editor. He has written for the television series' Polka Dot Shorts
, Rickyand#8217;s Room
, and System Crash
, and co-produced two radio pieces for CBCand#8217;s Out Front
. He lives in Toronto, where he influences young minds on a daily basis as an elementary school teacher.
Josh Holinaty graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2007, and studied at the New York Studio Program (a satellite of Parsonand#8217;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 Edmonton.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Senses Showdown
Our five senses and#151; sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell and#151; shape how we interact with the world around us. Which sense is the strongest? How do senses affect our emotions? How do they keep us safe and healthy? And why is it a bad idea to start a staring contest with a gorilla? From our first experiences with smell (in the womb), to the sound of a babyand#8217;s cry, the feeling of a tickle, the way that looking at certain colors can calm or excite us, the pages in this chapter will awaken all the senses.
Chapter 2: In a State
Whether weand#8217;re laughing, blushing, weeping, or asleep and dreaming, our days and nights are made up of a series of actions and reactions. From the moment your alarm rings (do you leap out of bed, whack the snooze button, or hide under the covers?), to the nerves you feel before that math test, to the giggle session with your bff, to laying your head back on your pillow again at night, youand#8217;re constantly reacting to the world around you. Find out all about the emotional states and reactions our bodies go through day in and day out.
Chapter 3: Say WHAT?!
Regardless of what language we speak, weand#8217;re surrounded by words, both written and spoken. Language isnand#8217;t important only for the words and#151; how we use it often says more than the words themselves. And sometimes we donand#8217;t even need words to send out a strong message; our body language can communicate a lot without a sound being uttered. From learning to read the cues of body language, to whatand#8217;s behind many of our gestures and hand signals, and even why itand#8217;s so hard to lie, the words of this chapter will tell all about the silent world of nonverbal communication, and why you use the words you do.
Chapter 4: You + World
With over 6.5 billion people on the planet, weand#8217;re one crowded place. To be social, we use a combination of our senses, and our verbal and nonverbal behaviors. From our place in the family (birth order), to our need for personal space, to how crowds behave, to table manners, and more, what shapes how well we relate with others, and how do the rules and regulations we live by make sure we get along well? So sit up straight, fix your hair, make sure thereand#8217;s nothing unsightly hanging from your nose, and read this chapter.