You Just Can't Help It!

Your Guide to the Wild and Wacky World of Human Behavior

By Jeff Szpirglas; Josh Holinaty (Illustrator)
(Owlkids Books, Hardcover, 9781926818078, 64pp.)

Publication Date: March 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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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 is the award-winning author of Gross Universe and Fear this Book, among others. His stories have been published in Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, where he also worked as a kids’ page editor. He has written for the television series' Polka Dot Shorts, Ricky’s Room, and System Crash, and co-produced two radio pieces for CBC’s Out Front. He lives in Toronto, where he influences young minds on a daily basis as an elementary school teacher.

Josh Holinaty graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2007, and studied at the New York Studio Program (a satellite of Parson’s New School for Design). His work has been exhibited internationally, at galleries in Los Angeles, Germany, New York, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. He has illustrated for The Globe and Mail, EYE Weekly, Broken Pencil Magazine, and Transworld Skateboarding Magazine among others. He lives in Edmonton.

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 readers…Popular 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

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