David Macaulay

Children's author David Macaulay's latest title, The Way We Work, is filled with blood, goo, germs and snot. That's because The Way We Work details the mechanics of the human body, and that's basically what's inside of us (along with some bones and a little brain matter). Macaulay starts with the basics, cell structure and DNA, and moves through all of the body's systems, including the mechanics of a hand, the gurgling digestive system and, finally, the creation of new life via the merging of a man and a woman (don't worry, it's a very G-rated version of how reproductive cells meet, merge and multiply).

Macaulay's special talent is his ability to take something as complicated as our circulatory system and make it simple enough for a schoolkid to understand. See if you can keep up when David Macaulay appears today as part of the Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People series. 3 p.m. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprinthouston.org. Free.
Sun., Oct. 26, 3 p.m., 2008

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