I'm trying to identify a picture book I remember reading around 1999, which included a set of cartoonish creatures (diseases?) invading a body.
Each page included a different area (starting with the scalp and ending with the brain, I think), with some of the creatures either adapting to the new environment or being eliminated.
The back of the book included a graph showing where each creature evolved and where it was eliminated.

I can only remember two of the creatures: one was a smiling (orange coloured?) head with arms that swung on the hair in the scalp page, but quickly died off thereafter. The other was a brownish head with limbs and a helmet (which I believe covered its eyes) that made it through until the brain before having to evolve, at which point it randomly became a robot that blended in to the other robots (IIRC the brain was some sort of computing facility staffed by robots with a different number of red 'eye' lights than the helmeted disease one).

If it helps, I read the book in Australia. I think the book was also A4 sized, each page being all artwork.

It's been a long time since I saw it, so those are all the details I can remember. Hopefully they're enough for someone with a better memory or who owns the book to recognise it.

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It appears the book was Stephen Stanley's 'Puzzle Body'. It's available for free perusal in online form at Trove, an Australian archive site: https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2851386119/view?searchTerm=Stephen+Stanley%27s+Puzzle#search/Stephen%20Stanley's%20Puzzle

Some of the details weren't exactly as I remember them, unsurprisingly:

  • The "scalp" was really just skin, with the hair being of the body variety
  • The graph at the end only shows mutations, not eliminations
  • The head-with-arms didn't die off immediately after the 'scalp', and was red
  • The one that evolved in the brain actually did have a body, and its helmet didn't cover its eyes

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