Your Fantastic Elastic Brain (JoAnn Deak, Ph.D.)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, written by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D. and illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, an introduction to the functions of the brain and the importance of exercising it.

Your brain: you know you have it, you probably know where it is, but do you know what it’s for? Did you know what it can do? Why, right there between your ears is the most amazing organ in your body! It controls your memories, your coordination, your speech, your emotions – practically everything that makes you, YOU! So it’s important to know how to exercise your brain as well, giving it a chance to stretch and grow so that it can continue to do so all your life.

This was a pretty neat book with a lot of great information. Readers are given a crash course on the brain and how it works, including the different parts of the brain (amygdala, hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, etc) and what they each control (emotions, memory, decision making, etc), and manages to do so in a way that makes the information appealing and relatable to young children. The second half then encourages kids to practice new skills, learn new information, and generally challenge themselves – this, among other things, helps their brains to develop and grow. It’s a great message from both a scientific and social standpoint, and worth promoting. The illustrations are colorful, fun, and interesting; we especially liked the little mouse and owl who provided humorous asides. Some of the analogies were a little overlong and dry, but the length was fine for a single sitting, and JJ enjoyed the illustrations very much. Best for kindergarten and up, but still very much Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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