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Greystone Kids Fall 2022

The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers
A Tour of Your Useless Parts, Flaws, and Other Weird Bits
By (author): Rachel Poliquin Illustrated by: Clayton Hanmer
Rachel Poliquin ,

Illustrated by :

Clayton Hanmer


Greystone Kids



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paper over boards
Hardcover , Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 7 - 11, Grade (US) 2 - 7
Sep 27, 2022
$24.95 CAD


10.25in x 8.15 x 0.65 in | 500 gr

Page Count:

88 pages


Full color illustrations throughout
Greystone Books
Greystone Kids
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Anatomy & Physiology

"Kids and adult alike will love poring over the different sections of this book and will delight in informing their friends and family members of the facts they've learned."
School Library Journal STARRED Review

A perfect book for engaging kids in STEM: This illustrated tour of our "leftover" body parts (like the appendix, or even goosebumps) introduces readers age 7-11 to the bizarre and fascinating science of evolution.

Welcome to the weirdest museum you'll ever explore—the one inside your body.

Did you know your amazing, incredible body is a walking, talking museum of evolution? In The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers, tour guides Wisdom Tooth and Disappearing Kidney lead readers through a wacky museum dedicated to vestigial structures: body parts that were essential to our ancestors but are no longer useful to us—even though they're still hanging around.

From goosebumps and hiccups to exploding organs and monkey muscles, each room in the museum shows us that these parts have stories to tell us about our past. By the time we make it to the gift shop, we'll understand that evolution is not only messy and imperfect, but also ongoing. Our bodies are constantly changing along with the environment we live in—and there's so much that is still unknown, just waiting to be discovered.

Engaging, hilarious, and a visual treat, The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers is a place you'll want to visit again and again.

  • Highly unique and memorable concept: Presents the wacky history of evolution through a museum tour.
  • Evolution made exciting and relevant: Shares the science of evolution through the concept of vestigial structures, which kids can connect to themselves, as they too likely have some of these useless parts passed down from their distant ancestors.
  • Strong curriculum connects: Evolution is a popular topic covered in science curriculum.
  • Acclaimed author: Rachel Poliquin’s books have been nominated for several awards including the Forest of Reading, and have been selected by the Junior Library Guild and ALA Notable Books.
  • Award-winning illustrator: Clayton Hanmer’s most recent book was the winner of the 2021 Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award.

Rachel Poliquin writes about animals, mostly. She is the author of multiple books for children including The Superpower Field Guides, The Polite Predator Series, and The Strangest Thing in the Sea. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children.

Clayton Hanmer (aka CTON) has illustrated several children's books, including Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular and Dog vs Ultra Dog. His award-winning comic art has also appeared in, among others, National Geographic Kids, The New York Times, and Today?s Parent. He lives in Bloomfield, Ontario.

  • National Media Campaign
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  • Digital and Print Advertising Campaign
  • Major Promotion at Select National School/Library/Bookseller Conferences
  • Extensive Outreach to Key Educators and Library Contacts
  • Edelweiss E-Galley Promotion
  • Educator and Library Blogger Campaign
  • F&G Mailing Campaign
  • Greystone Kids E-Newsletter and Social Features
  • SEO Optimization for Digital Consumers

"Accesible and enjoyable... Any school or public library nonfiction section would benefit from having this book in its collection, and it's sure to become a favourite of kids and educators alike."
Quill & Quire STARRED Review

"Kids and adult alike will love poring over the different sections of this book and will delight in informing their friends and family members of the facts they've learned. A highly recommended purchase for every school and classroom library."
School Library Journal STARRED Review

"A delightful tour through the body's forgotten parts, you will be taken on a charming trip through the weird and wonderful "useless" bits of the human body and learn interesting facts about how our bodies came to be."
—Jennifer Z. Paxton, senior lecturer in Anatomy and author of Anatomicum: Welcome to the Museum

"Both educational and entertaining... A quirky STEM selection for unengaged readers and budding biologists alike."

"Full of wit, charm, and jaw-dropping facts about human evolution, The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers is an unforgettable piece of creative yet scientific storytelling."
—Jules Howard, zoologist and author of Prehistoric Creatures of the Order and Bones

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