by Cargill Alleyne
Ned’s Head is the first in a series of educational children’s books about the human body. It presents facts about the human brain in an entertaining, colorful manner. The book consists of 16 verses in limerick form. The verses are written by a neurosurgeon and masterfully illustrated by a seasoned professionals, who has previously illustrated 12 Curious George books. In addition to the facts presented, there is a glossary at the end of the book which provides both meanings of the medical terms as well as pronunciations. There is also a small head hidden in the detail of each illustration for the reader to discern.
The inspiration for the series occurred when was the author’s own two children became curious about “Daddy’s job” on a long drive to Disneyworld. After boring them to sleep with the answers they sought, Ned’s Head was conceived. Ned is an inquisitive boy who pesters his mother with questions about the structure and function of the brain. We hope that the text will promote the habit of parents, caregivers and teachers reading with their children. We also hope that it will spark an interest in the human body in children of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Cargill H. Alleyne, Jr, M.D. is a neurosurgeon in private practice in Augusta Georgia. He is a former Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at Augusta University. His honors include Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” and America’s “Best Doctors”. Dr. Alleyne’s bibliography includes over 500 scholarly contributions. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and is currently a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Alleyne is married to Audrey Alleyne, M.D., an anesthesiologist, and their two children, Nathan and Nicole, were the inspiration for the book series.
Michael A. Jensen, M.S., C.M.I. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Illustration in the School of Allied Health at Augusta University. He has previously illustrated 12 Curious George books.