You Just Can't Help It!

You Just Can't Help It!

Your Guide to the Wild and Wacky World of Human Behavior

By Jeff Szpirglas; Josh Holinaty (Illustrator)

Maple Tree Press, Hardcover, 9781926818078, 64pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2011

How many times have you been frightened and felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Or been unable to hold back a laugh? Or flinched when an object whizzed by, too close for comfort? The thing is, you just can't help yourself -- you're only human Part Desmond Morris's "The Naked Ape," part "MAD Magazine," and all Jeff Szpirglas, this unique book provides a cultural, historical, and socio-biological perspective on human behavior.
Szpirglas's goofy, kid-friendly sensibility paired with the book's look, energy, and scope is guaranteed to engage and captivate young readers. Kids will read about body language, birth order, staring contests, fits of laughter, crowd behavior, sniffing dirty diapers, yawning, dreaming, and the art of lying -- only to realize that science is at work behind each action
"You Just Can't Help It " is an enthralling and slightly zany exploration of the basic human biology that determines our reactions, social interactions, and the ways we communicate with one another.

About the Author
Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge live together in Toronto, Ontario, and teach in classrooms with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Jeff and Danielle have written several books together. Danielle has a master's degree in social anthropology and is a crusader for equity in the classroom. Besides teaching, they spend their time writing stories and taking care of their twin babies.

Praise For You Just Can't Help It!

With a breezy text supported by a lively design, [Jeff Szpirglas] again presents science in a way certain to attract middle-grade and middle-school readersPopular science through and through, you can’t help enjoying this.”
Kirkus Reviews

"A fun way to introduce young readers to many aspects of human behavior, and may whet their appetites to explore some of the topics in greater depth."
Quill & Quire