Friday, March 1, 2013

Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood, by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Seeing Red:

The True Story of Blood 

Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi 
Illustrator: Steve Rolston 
Publisher: Annick Press 
Publication Date: February 1, 2012 
You really can't go wrong with Tanya Lloyd Kyi! She's the author of several other books for children, particularly specializing in the "so gross but so cool" categories. Her 50 Underwear Questions was fantastic, but Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood is stellar. The book explores all the ways in which blood has been interpreted, misinterpreted, used, consumed, avoided, feared, ritualized and just plain obsessed over. She looks at bloodletting, vampire lore, menstrual myths, human sacrifice, blood spatter and even blood recipes (if someone offers you blodplattar pancakes, think twice!). It's creepy and gross and SO good. It's also really informative. Plus the illustrations by Steve Rolston hit just the right mark between cute and gory. My inner twelve-year-old is salivating over this book! 
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Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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