ITCHY RICHARD by Jamie Gilson

ITCHY RICHARD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Second-graders meet an infestation of lice head-on: someone in Mrs. Zookey's class has them, and the nurse must check each student's scalp to see if they've spread. With the banning of pesticides, head lice have been enjoying a resurgence that afflicts affluent and impoverished alike. Gilson's light touch enables readers to laugh at what might otherwise be embarrassing--as well as to learn a lot about lice and enjoying the relaxed, mutually supportive atmosphere of a classroom where even the teacher might harbor the pesky intruders.

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 1991
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin