Published by Annick Press on February 1, 2012
Genres: Middle Grade, Non Fiction
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What do we really know about the vital stuff in our veins?
Some people faint at the sight of blood while others eat black pudding or sip blood soup. Some can't think of it without hearing the faint rustle of a vampire's cape. Others rush to see the latest gory horror film. Why does blood hold such emotional power?
Around the world, blood has always been a symbol of both life and death: blood rites, blood oaths, and blood-soaked legends. Today, we have scientific facts about blood types, transfusions, blood-borne illnesses, and crime-scene blood spatter. Yet the fluid still holds mystery.
Open this book to learn about the symbolism and reality of blood, from its role in ancient sacrifices to its uses in modern medicine and forensics.
Striking black-and-red illustrations appear throughout, with each chapter introduced in comic-book style by young Harker, a goth narrator with a worrisome relish for all things bloody. As SEEING RED reveals, blood continues to make us cringe while holding us in its thrall.
Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood is a nonfiction book about blood intended for young readers. It’s a very cute book with fantastic illustrations throughout. The illustrations serve a dual purpose and not only tell a story through the comics, but they are also used well to summarize each chapter.
What I really liked is that even though the language is simpler than a book intended for adults, it remains informative. Even as an adult reading this book I found that I was learning a lot that I didn’t know, and I didn’t find the language at all patronizing. The facts were kept fun and interesting, albeit a bit gross. And let’s be honest here. Kids love gross things, so that just makes it even more fascinating for them.
I originally wanted this book for my six-year-old son who’s been afraid of blood lately as I thought it would help break him of that fear, but he didn’t find it that interesting. On the other hand, my eleven-year-old daughter loved it, so I’d suggest that it would make a great book for the 9-13 audience, as opposed to a younger one.