The Brilliant Brain by Dr Roopa Farooki – Book Review

The Brilliant Brain by Dr Roopa Farooki – Book Review

The Brilliant Brain by Dr Roopa Farooki

The Brilliant Brain

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A new series on a hugely popular topic – the human body! First up, award-winning writer Dr Roopa Farooki explores the wonderful workings of the BRAIN.

Every second of every day, something is happening in every tiny bit of your body, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet… And if you think of your body as a machine, your BRAIN would be the control room – with billions of buttons for all kinds of incredibly important jobs.

With words by medical doctor and writer of acclaimed memoir Everything Is True, Roopa Farooki, and pictures by award-winning artist Viola Wang, this book explores how different bits of the brain work and (just as importantly) how they work TOGETHER… As well as sharing handy tips for looking after your brain!

Review by Stacey

The Brilliant Brain is a children’s non-fiction book that delves into the intricate workings of the human brain. It explores all the regions of the brain and their functions. From the intricacies of memory to the coordination of movement and the complex mechanisms underlying responses to stimuli, such as the sensation of heat, this book covers them all.

The author has a real understanding of her target audience as the text is at the right level for young readers to understand. There are no hard-to-decipher parts and the vibrant coloured illustrations help to make the book child-friendly too.

The book is an excellent resource for children who want to learn more about how their brains work. It presents a wealth of knowledge in an engaging and approachable style, making it an enjoyable read for children. The author has blended education and entertainment well, ensuring that the reader stays interested and intrigued throughout.

I adored The Brilliant Brain. The length of the book is spot on and the information is fascinating, I learned a few things as an adult too. At the back of the book, the author has some pointers on how to keep your brain healthy which was a lovely addition.

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Dr Roopa Farooki is both a medical hospital doctor and a writer for adults and children, including six literary novels that have been translated into over twelve languages. Her writing has been awarded the John C. Laurence Prize and listed three times for the Women’s Prize. She is also a lecturer on the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.

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