This colourful picturebook invites readers to ‘take a peek inside your mind’ and that is exactly what it does. The very first illustration literally lifts the lid on the subject of brains, showing us what we would see if we took off the top of our skull.
In fourteen double page spreads the book explains how our brains work so that we can move, feel and think, with each opening of the book presenting one idea or piece of information. This layout works particularly well for sharing the book with younger children as time can be spent with each idea without distraction, but with plenty of opportunity for exploration and conversation. The text is simple enough for beginner readers, but remains true to its aim to bring ‘big science to little minds’. The author resists the temptation to play up the potential for gross, or overly comical images, while still producing a very attractive and entertaining book. This isn’t a joke science book, but a real first introduction to the extraordinary world of brains, both human and animal.
Devolle studied fine art and worked as a graphic designer before turning to illustrating children’s books and the book benefits from his confident and controlled design. Brains is one of a series for Pushkin Children’s Books by the same author, other current titles are Atoms, Germs and Planets, all of which make brief appearances in this book – see how quickly you find them!