Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 3: The Nervous System

Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 3: The Nervous System

“A wild ride. Positively clogged with scientific information.” —Kirkus Reviews

Survive! Inside the Human Body, Volume 3 concludes our incredible tour of the human body with a wild ride through the nervous system. When Geo and Dr. Brain find themselves inside Phoebe’s brain, they must brave shocking electrical signals and navigate a maze of neurons and synapses.

Will the dynamic duo finally escape? And what’s the matter with Phoebe, anyway? As you follow this up-close exploration of Phoebe’s brain, you’ll learn how the brain and nervous system work.

For ages 8+


  • Age Range: 8 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Survive! Inside the Human Body (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593274734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593274733
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  1. I wasn’t sure what to expect from “Vol 3: The Nervous System” as we have not read Vol 1 & Vol 2. While Vol 3. does stand alone, we plan to go back and read Vol 1 & Vol 2. Vol 3. seems to pick up from where Vol 2 left off. The book is a sturdy, well-constructed paperback with vibrant illustrations. I am not accustomed to graphic novels, so it took a few pages to get used to style, but then, my 10 year old andI thoroughly enjoyed the book – and learned quite a bit. The book alternates between “graphic novel adventure” and more straightforward science explanations. We’ve reread the book a few times now, and gotten more out of it each time.

  2. Gomdori Co. is a group of Korean authors, artists, an creative professionals who write for children – but also for the attentive adult! The author of his particular book is Seok-young Song and is assisted in this wild adventure inside the human body by illustrator Hyun-dong Han.

    This book about the nervous system is part III of the series `Survive! Inside the Human Body’ and follows previous books on the digestive system and the circulatory system. It is a graphic novel in that the story is made of comic book characters whose antics serve to explore and explain (among other things) how your body protects your brain, why your leg “falls asleep” when you sit in one position for too long, how CT scans, MRIs, EEGs, and PET scans work, why humans have such big cerebrums compared to other animals, what your spinal cord and brain stem do, what kinds of new techniques doctors invent to diagnose and treat their patients – all in the form of a story. There are periodic pages that step away form the illustrational aspect long enough to offer Survival Science topics that are well presented and documented.

    This may not be the best biology or human anatomy book written, but it does serve as an avenue for youngsters to become exposed to science painlessly! Grady Harp, March 14

  3. Manhwa is REALLY popular in South Korea, where the word means “action comics”. The Americanized spelling, manga, denotes those produced anywhere in Asia. South Korea is a major producer of this genre and manga is popular in the US and on the web.

    I bought this series for my grandkids, who might be too young (7 & 5), but we’ll see. If so, they’ll eventually get there. I know I devoured comics when I was a kid. My brother and I divided them up every Sunday morning and traded after each finishing our half. Since kids are drawn to comics anyway, why not trick them into learning something? The book produces just enough idiotic interaction to bore me (but stimulate kids), interspersed with enough accurate science that easily sinks in.

    Our major characters travel around the body in a little “spaceship”. In the first book about the GI system, it was easy to get the “Hippocrates” in Phoebe’s body. They miniaturized it, Phoebe ate it, and, of course, eventually it exited in the usual fashion. I wondered how they would introduce the Hippocrates into the nervous system. Answer? Once through the capillary system and the second time, the miniaturized unit is injected into the CSF through a lumbar puncture. In both cases, it exits inside a teardrop from Phoebe’s eye.

    Once safely in the body, our heroes guide Hippocrates via the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) up the spinal cord and into the brain. En route, the authors don’t let any opportunity for education slip by. They coat their spaceship in a special layer of fat — the same kind that coats nerves to make sure electrical impulses go to the right spots. They dodge nerves and synapses.Read more ›

  4. These are just wonderful for teaching about the nervous system. I have already told many parents about these books because my son who is in 3rd grade was very impressed as well. They are starting to talk about science topics and will get into more topics and detail as the years go by so this is a great introduction that informs without overwhelming. The graphics and story line are perfect for his age group in that they are not childish and keep him interested enough to pick it up again and again. I got volume three first but my son has already requested the other two volumes for his birthday.

  5. This is the third volume of a comic-book physiology series aimed at elementary to perhaps junior high school kids. It is worth starting off with the first book because that explains how Geo and Dr. Brain are miniaturized and traveling in an artificial virus inside a human body (a la Fantastic Voyage). Each chapter ends with a two-page explanatory text about one particular aspect of the nervous system.

    My son has gobbled these books up and he is normally a little queasy about blood and guts. I actually think he is enjoying the story and not thinking too deeply about the physiology lessons. I’ve quizzed him afterwards and he is still shaky on some basic concepts, but it usually takes a few passes through new material before early elementary kids have it solid. On the whole, I’m very pleased with the series and recommend it highly.

    I want to also recommend the No Starch Press which publishes this book. They have a great catalog of books for curious kids and kids who like to tinker. No Starch is carving out a niche as a high quality publisher of creative educational books for kids. I’ve ended up buying many of their books.

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