Your Brain Is a Lump of Goo by Idan Ben-Barak & Christopher Nielsen

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Author: Idan Ben-Barak

Category: Children's, Teenage & educational

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: A & U Children

ISBN: 781761180156

RRP: $24.99

Your Brain is a Lump of Goo is about the brain. But what’s even better is that this story about the brain is told by the brain.

Hey. Hi.
I’m your brain
You can’t see me because I’m sitting back here behind your eyes.
But I’ll try to describe myself!

The brain is about the size of a pineapple, with a hard outer shell. It’s a place the brain likes to be. Safe and protected inside the hard skull, as it is soft and gooey. No touching!

We learn the brain is made up of hundreds of billions of cells and that parts of the brain talk to other parts, doing all sorts of things. We learn about how it understands things and remembers things and does things automatically for us behind the scenes, like telling our lungs when to breathe. And how, when tired or stressed, it might not work quite as well as usual.

Most importantly, although we can’t see our brain, it is a part of us and it’s who we are. Brains are very similar in people but also a bit different. That’s what makes us all so interesting.

This book is clever in the way it uses a few easy to understand analogies to help us understand and gives us insight into how many different things the brain can do, from making up a tune to telling our legs to walk.

With a more detailed section in the back of the book explaining some of the different section of the brain, this is a fun, entertaining, yet informative way to begin to explain the big mysterious lump of goo that lives in our head.

Reviewed by Emily Ross

Age Guide 6+



Idan Ben Brek author and science communicator for kids

Idan Ben-Barak writes science books, usually for children. They’ve been translated into over twenty languages and won several awards. He lives in Melbourne with his family. Sometimes, after they go to bed, he plays his guitar a bit. Idan has degrees in microbiology and in the history and philosophy of science, a diploma in library studies, and a day job that has very little to do with any of the above.

Visit Idan Ben Barek’s websiye



Christoper Neilson, illustrator and artist

Christopher Nielsen is an Australian author/illustrator specialising in bringing joy and wonder to children through his art and storytelling. His illustration is inspired by a deep passion for mid-century culture and design. In 2018 his first picture book saw him shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award for best new illustrator, and in 2022 his book Just One Bee received the CBCA Honour Award for Picture Book of the Year.

When he’s not busy with a book, Christopher can be found raising his beautiful young family or playing with his band The Ramalamas.

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