I Love My Teacher’s Guts!

Children - Educational
33 Pages
Reviewed on 11/02/2022
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Author Biography

Paul McNamara is a doctor, medical educator, author, father of three girls and a lover of books. He is married to Charlene who works as a paediatric nurse. The newest addition to the family is their beloved cockapoo, Hugo! Paul graduated from Glasgow University with a 1st class honours degree in anatomy and then went on to study medicine and qualified with distinction and commendation. He is the author of three books - 'Mastering medical exams', 'Case-based discussions in medicine' and 'I love my teacher's guts.' He wrote 'I love my teacher's guts' in collaboration with his three children: Isla (age 9), and Emily and Freya (age 7).

He has published multiple articles in the British medical journal and the British journal of General practice. He has a passion for medical education and has been awarded honorary clinical lecturer by the University of Glasgow for his contributions to teaching.

When not writing, he works as a deep end GP serving socio-economically deprived populations in Scotland. He also loves to work in remote and rural medicine and is an advocate for the reach foundation which encourages and supports school pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to enter tertiary education. He is a true believer that education is one of the most powerful tools that we can use to change the world.

His books are educational, authoritative and will inspire the next generation of medics!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Iza Grek for Readers' Favorite

I Love My Teacher’s Guts! by Dr. Paul McNamara is a surprising tale about a young student taking a journey through her teacher’s insides. A science experiment that goes wrong shrinks the eagerly observing Sally into a microscopic form of herself. She enters Mrs. Trump through her nose and so begins her journey. She narrates all her findings, including all parts of the anatomy and her reaction to each of them, for example, the blood vessels getting in her way. After her initial reaction and response, she pauses to explain the function of each of the body parts. McNamara ensures that as a teaching mechanism, the story includes details about the heart, lungs, small and large intestines, stomach, liver, and kidneys.

Dr. Paul McNamara uses his story-telling technique to great effect in I Love My Teacher's Guts! Sally’s bursts of dialogue or thinking aloud are delightful. “That was a tight squeeze,” thought Sally traveling through the intestine, and, “Mrs. Trump’s body thinks I’m the coronavirus! I have to get out of here,” in response to the blood vessels resisting her passage. The illustrations are uncomplicated, yet effective, and help the reader imagine what is going on for Sally. McNamara ends the story with revision and questions the reader’s ability to identify the various body parts. The story works as a teacher’s aid and makes learning about anatomy palatable, as ironic as that may sound, as it is all pretty gross, particularly when Sally makes her exit along with Mrs. Trump’s excrement. McNamara has done an excellent job and children will love it.