My Pop-Up Body Book By Jennie Maizels and William Petty



pop up body book

This week, we’re changing pace a little and looking at a non-fiction book. We don’t often review non-fiction texts, but kids are usually fascinated by facts and figures, so every now and again, it’s good to take a closer look at a favourite.


My Pop-Up Body Book is fairly self-explanatory in its content; it’s a pop-up book about the human body! Each double page has a specific focus and a large, bright and detailed pop-up. The first page is on babies and development, then the head (facial features and structure), then chest (heart and lungs), tummy (digestion), then finally bones, muscles and skin.

There are loads of little flaps to open and tabs to pull and the text is condensed to short bursts, perfect for young readers.


Why I love it:

I love this book because it’s a perfect introduction to the topic of the human body. My children have had this one on the shelf for years and it is pulled out at least a couple of times a week. The text is inviting, in that it is not over-whelming and the pictures and pop-ups are pretty irresistible.

The front cover even has a spinning wheel that shows the body in various states.

This is an incredibly engaging non-fiction text, with loads to do and learn on each page!

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • The human body
  • Features
  • Organs
  • Muscles
  • Bones
  • Skin
  • Growth and development
  • Bodily functions and systems


Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What is special about the front cover of this book?
  • Turn the wheel, what are the three different images?
  • Look closely at the small images used to decorate the top and the bottom of the cover; what are they? Why do you think they have used these images?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
  • What was your favourite page? Why?
  • Can you tell me one fact you learnt from reading this book?
  • Look back through the book and list: A. Three things that are controlled by the right side of the brain and B. Three things that are controlled by the left side of the brain.
  • Look back through the book and answer: what has happened to a baby’s weight by 6 months of age?
  • Look back through the book and answer: what makes your skin amazing?
  • What is your favourite thing about your body?
  • If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?

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