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The first children's audiobook from Adam Kay.

A Sunday Times pick for audiobooks to listen to during lockdown. 

Explore each organ of the body in this immersive audiobook edition of Kay's Anatomy, read by Adam Kay with a full cast of voices, including Mark Gatiss, Sandi Toksvig, Andy Nyman and Lolly Adefope.

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.

The full cast includes: Andy Nyman, Joe Wilkinson, Rose Matafeo, Mark Gatiss, Dan Tetsell, Sandi Toksvig, Desiree Burch, Lolly Adefope, Mike Wozniak, Jan Ravens, Lucy Montgomery, Tom Allen, Henry Paker and Reece Shearsmith.

©2020 Adam Kay (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Didn't' expect this to be a kids book!

Had this on pre-order for a while, and within a few minutes of listening I figured I had purchased a children's book! There is so many constant sound effects, and children's characters voice overs, it's almost difficult to listen.

If these were removed, the story and facts are actually quite interesting and an enjoyable read. If I was a child, I'm sure this book would be even more interesting and engaging, so suits the intended audience.

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I didn't realise this was a book for Children

Adam Kay is a great writer but this book is defo not for adults. I will be returning.

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Loved it!

This is the first children's book by former doctor Adam Kay. I brought this book for my 9 year old son, but ended up reading it myself.

This book is an investigation of the human body with jokes and illustrations making the facts easier to recall.

I've read all of Adam Kay's previous books and I have loved them all! At this point if Adam Kay published his shopping list... I would read it.

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Poor production.

Condescending tone of an adult talking to children and poor production choice ruined the experience.

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Top pick for paeds

Sadly, I just couldn't get into this. Like some others, I didn't realise that this was pitched at a younger audience, and found the voiceovers and fart jokes a bit juvenile. I totally rate Adam Kay as an author and loved 'This is going to hurt', so was expecting something of a similar vein. It would've been great if the intended audience was made clearer a few months back so those who were pre-ordeing might've had a bit of a heads up.
My daughter is a bit young still, but I'll certainly be keeping this on the back burner for when she's a bit older and will appreciate a really thorough and light-hearted guide to the human body.

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Engaging and interactive biology lesson

Kay brings his entertaining persona and humorous attitude towards the body to a younger audience, giving us Gray's Anatomy (a joke no child will understand) for children.

Narrating this audiobook himself, he is joined by Skeleton, by Heart, Lungs, etc, who 'help' him explain the workings of each organ and system of the body, with quizzes, 'True or Poo' (true or false), fun facts, and lots of 'Horrible History'-type detail that will have the kids laughing ('farticle' got my own personal funny bone shaking) and adults pretending they aren't.

A great run-through the whole body, including Puberty, Pregnancy and touching on Sex Education, Kay makes it as interesting as he can, giving great examples, comparisons and child-friendly language that show a deftness of touch with the target audience.

As an audiobook, it both worked and didn't work. It felt like a list at times, without a break between sections, as we listened in the car on journeys. The voices of the characters amused both my 9- and 3-year old, but I have no idea if we missed any useful diagrams and illustrations in a written version. And the vocabulary is a challenge to both spell and internalise when you only hear it and don't see it. So much ground covered and it passes by quite quickly through that interesting organ, the ear!

Kay himself is a good narrator though, and using actors to voice the organs did help keep it from becoming dry.

I've studied biology to A-Level and admit that I learned quite a few things from this. My 9-year-old was definitely engaged and taking it in, and the chapter on puberty was quite a relevant one that I'll be using as a springboard for more detailed discussion in the not-so-distant-anymore future.

A really comprehensive beginners' guide to the body for ages 8-12. Will catch interest and give some great facts to start off a querying mind on a vital path.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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Great book for children

Loved it! Totally will listen again. Full of facts and performance is kids friendly. Wish there were more books like that.