Bugs in My Hair!
By David Shannon
The Blue Sky Press, 2013. Unpaged picture book.
David Shannon's newest picture book shines the spotlight on the most humiliating creatures a child can face: head lice. To Mom's horror, her little boy has itchy, egg-laying lice in his hair! The boy wonders what this "Lice-A-Palooza!" means. Where did he get them? How do you get rid of them? His imagination runs wild, and pretty soon the bugs seem like giant, life-controlling monsters. Happily, Mom's battle-tested anti-lice weapons of "stinky stuff that lice hate, magnifying eyeglasses, and a nit comb," do the trick. The boy gleefully declares, "The party's over, Little Nasties!"
The warning on the back reads: This book will make you ITCHY! This warning is a little too late, as you'll probably have been scratching your scalp since page one. However, kids will think this book is a riot! It's helpful in getting information to them, in a funny way, about why lice are so common and shouldn't be considered shameful. The illustrations are wildly entertaining and Shannons' trademark exuberant font enhances the experience. Love it!