Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bugs in My Hair!

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!

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