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Children's Nonfiction Anatomy & Physiology

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

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Body
Recommended Age
7 to 11
Recommended Grade
2 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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"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.

About the authors

Rachel Poliquin écrit surtout sur les animaux. Elle aime particulièrement célébrer les héros inattendus, ceux qui sont bossus, modestes et tranquillement extraordinaires. Elle est l’autrice des séries Superpower Field Guide et Polite Predators, ainsi que de The Strangest Thing in the Sea. Elle vit à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique, avec son mari et ses trois enfants.

Rachel Poliquin's profile page

Clayton Hanmer is an illustrator whose crude, energetic comic style has given him a surprisingly broad range of clients from The Globe and Mail to Owl Magazine. He is also the illustrator of The Secret Life of Money by Kira Vermond (Owlkids Books, 2012) and Not Your Typical Book about the Environment by Elin Kelsey (Owlkids Books, 2010). He lives in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.

Clayton Hanmer's profile page


  • Short-listed, Lane Anderson Award, Young Readers Category
  • Short-listed, SWCC Book Awards

Editorial Reviews

"[A] hilarious look at evolution."
—The Globe & Mail

"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

"Best Narrative Nonfiction Books For Kids. The art is hilarious to look at, and readers of all ages will enjoy learning from this delightfully weird book."
—Book Riot

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