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The Mütter Museum: A Junior Guide's Tour of America's Coolest Medical Museum

Anna Dhody, Ilustrated by Ted Enik and R.A. Herrera

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Age level: Middle Grade: Ages 8-12


Join A.J., the Mütter Museum’s junior guide, on a tour of the world’s best-known medical museum. A.J. will take you on a fun and educational adventure through the Mütter’s amazing collection of unique medical specimens and objects. Accompanied by playful illustrations, this look at medical marvels and mysteries will enthrall and inform science lovers of all ages. A.J. has all of your questions covered; from the height of the Giant to the length of the Megacolon. Learn all about how the human body works (or doesn’t!), and keep your eyes peeled for some of the museum’s most famous see-through residents!

Size: 11" x 8" x 7/16" | 27+ color images | 40 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359880

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Anna N. Dhody is the curator of the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the director of the Mütter Research Institute, the Gretchen Worden Chair. This is her first children’s book. Ted Enik has worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York, as well as for the occasional advertising agency, greeting-card house, and pharmaceutical company. He was the illustrator for Eloise in Hollywood and for nearly a decade was an artist for the popular Fancy Nancy "I Can Read™" series. He now wears two hats and is also writing (and rhyming) up a storm. Fresh out of college, R. A. Herrera began as an illustrator, then slipped behind the scenes and became a publishing administrator and artist agent. For twenty-five years he worked anonymously contributing original artwork and assisting fellow illustrators to deliver print-perfect children’s books to clients. In 2011, he founded Pixel Mouse House, now copublishing a picture book line with Schiffer Books. This is his first-ever book cover credit.

Gr 3–8—A junior guide named A.J. and his ghostly companions take readers on a museum tour that is not for the faint of heart. The Mütter Museum, part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, has been a repository for medical oddities, specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment since it was founded by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1863. After A.J. explains how to pronounce the umlauted in the doctor's last name, Mütter is the first ghost to appear on the pages of this whimsically illustrated tour. Dhody, the museum's curator, shares exhibits that will appeal to readers who have an interest in the human body, and the stomach for gross details. There is the adipocere (corpse wax) that is the substance of the "Soap Lady," the horn made out of the skin that grew from a Frenchwoman's head in the 1800s, a megacolon that once contained "40 pounds of poo," and more. As each specimen is introduced, its ghost climbs out of the display to join the tour group. One of the ghosts uses the megacolon as a balloon. The playful drawings lighten the tone and add to the appeal. Back matter includes further reading and photographs from the museum collection. Older readers could be motivated to learn more about the museum and its history. VERDICT Just what the doctor ordered. This engaging picture book is an obvious choice for a book talk.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Lit. Specialist, Pasadena, MD SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL 07-01-2020