My son is obsessed with the human body. Earlier this year I watched him give a 10 minute impromptu presentation to my uncle about the large and small intestines. It may have been the coolest use of a tape measure that I have ever seen. When Maris Wicks’s Human Body Theatre arrived on my doorstep this past summer, I knew that my kid would be stoked. He was. The book was devoured multiple times, and for the next several weeks he randomly shared facts he learned in the book with pretty much every person he came in contact with. You are going to want to check out this book.
I’m excited to participate in the Human Body Theatre blog tour. Below you will find an image and a description of a body part from author Maris Wicks.
MOUTH AND TONGUE
Inside your mouth lives a super-strong muscle: your tongue! Now, I’m pretty sure that none of us can do push-ups with our tongue, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get exercise. Your tongue works day and night to move saliva to the back of the throat to be swallowed (our bodies produce up to 2 liters of saliva a day!). Your tongue also helps to move food around your mouth while you are chewing. Aside from its muscle-y-ness, the tongue is equipped with roughly 10,000 taste buds. Also called papillae, taste buds detect the flavor, texture and sensation (think “minty” or “spicy”) of foods. Here’s the catch (and you probably know this already): foods taste different to different people! Our taste buds might be doing the same job, but our brains interpret flavor and texture and say “YAY!” or “NAY!” or “meh.” Just as we grow, our sense of taste grows with us, and even once-hated foods can become favorites (so go on and give those Brussels sprouts another try).
Maris Wicks lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has harnessed the power of her various biological systems to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. Wicks is the illustrator of the New York Timesbestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. When she’s not making comics, Wicks works with New England Aquarium. She’s especially proud of her pulmonary system.