Do Not Lick This Book* (HB)
|Author:||Idan Ben-Barak; Julian Frost (Illustrator)|
This is a brilliant introduction to staying healthy and keeping clean, and an introduction to microbiology for the under 6's.
Min is a microbe, better known as E. coli and her friends are germs too - Rae the Streptococcus and Dennis the Fungus. On the tip of your finger you can transport them around, into your mouth, onto your clothes, they can appear anywhere, which is why it is important to wash your hands.
Using photographs from a scanning electron microscope of fabrics, skin and teeth with cartoon images of the microbes added, this is a simple and effective way of explaining personal hygiene to the young. A fun message to be aware of the germs you can't see, that can make homes in familiar places such as your belly-button!
Do Not Lick This Book* is very playful and beautifully put together. It is interactive in the same way as "Press Here" by requiring the reader to touch various pages. There is even a hidden shiny spot on the back of the book titled "If you really must lick this book, please do so here:"
John and Briana
Min is a microbe. She is small.
In fact, so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before--like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle of your shirt.
Written by Idan Ben-Barak, with illustrations from Julian Frost, Do Not Lick This Book is perfect for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.
Idan Ben-Barak holds a BSc in medical science, an MSc in microbiology, and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science. His first book, Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World has been published around the world and won the 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F (Science Books and Films) Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult category. An excerpt from his most recent book, Why Aren't We Dead Yet? The Survivor's Guide to the Immune System, was runner-up in the 2015 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Idan lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.
Julian Frost is an illustrator, designer and animator. Julian received worldwide acclaim for his animation 'Dumb Ways to Die' which has had close to 150 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube in 2012. With his illustration work for kids, Julian loves using likeable silliness in the service of communicating serious information. He lives in Melbourne.