Review: Look Inside a Hospital

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Book Title: Look Inside a Hospital (Available here)

Authors: Dr. Zoe Fritz & Katie Daynes

Illustrator: Stefano Tognetti

Publisher: Usborne

Publication Date: January 2019

Reviewed By: Mr J Cadman (@mrcadders), KS2 Teacher

Those of you who have ever known the joy of playing with a doll’s house will know the delight of peering in to a miniature interactive world. Look Inside a Hospital from Usborne’s ‘Look Inside’ series lifts the lid (or rather removes the front) of hospitals, bringing some of that magic to life.

The beautiful illustrations are so detailed that you feel sucked into a different world in a friendly, but informative way. The book doesn’t shy away from technical vocabulary, with explanations of resuscitation, dermatology and ophthalmology, but flaps galore mean that there is plenty to hold the attention of children of all ages. Both Key Stage 1 and 2 would enjoy and benefit from the huge amount of detail Look Inside a Hospital goes into with a lift of a flap and a peek through a window.

But perhaps the best part of this book is its ability to make the intimidating and frightening thought of going to hospital seem less threatening to children. It would be perfect for allaying the fears of little ones who need to visit hospital.

The book is colourful, engaging and soothing, illustrating (quite literally) that hospitals are full of people who help us and they are far from places for us to fear.

Curriculum links: People who help us, science, PSHE/citizenship


You can order Look Inside a Hospital online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Mr J Cadman for reviewing it.


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