A useful guide to avoiding a dangerous bug.

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Hide and Seek- No Ticks Please

A slim guide that aims to equip children with important information about ticks.

Alex wants to play with her friend José, but José is too sick. Her mother explains that José was bitten by a tick, which gave him a disease that made him tired and weak. Alex’s mother pulls out a book called No Ticks Please to explain where ticks hide, how they transmit diseases and how people can avoid them. The book explains that ticks are often found in “woods, bushes, and tall grasses,” and repeats the phrase often to drive the point home for a young audience. Alex also learns that the remarkably tiny ticks hide in warm, moist spaces and seek out the warm bodies of animals, where they live and drink blood: “The warm body can be a mouse, a chipmunk, or other creatures full of mischief and spunk.” The book-within-a-book is written in an awkward meter, with unnecessary rhymes, but it carries an important message: Yes, you can still go on adventures, but you need to be careful. Fox (No Ticks Please, 2011, etc.) manages to explain something that could potentially alarm children—tiny, vampire-like bugs that carry a debilitating disease—in a straightforward, nonfrightening way. She makes it clear how serious Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are, but also shows José visiting the doctor, getting better and going back outside to play again. Seven pages of plain-language tips for avoiding ticks and removing them follow the story, with illustrations of campsites, constructions sites, woodpiles and other tick hangouts that will, hopefully, stick with kids. The book is fully illustrated in color, although the humans come off looking a bit stiff. That said, Seward’s illustrations are realistic enough that kids will be able to recognize hard-to-spot ticks if they happen to see one.

A useful guide to avoiding a dangerous bug.

Pub Date: Feb. 25, 2013

ISBN: 978-1481177320

Page Count: 42

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: May 8, 2013

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Worthy of a superhero.

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EL DEAFO

A humorous and touching graphic memoir about finding friendship and growing up deaf.

When Cece is 4 years old, she becomes “severely to profoundly” deaf after contracting meningitis. Though she is fitted with a hearing aid and learns to read lips, it’s a challenging adjustment for her. After her family moves to a new town, Cece begins first grade at a school that doesn’t have separate classes for the deaf. Her nifty new hearing aid, the Phonic Ear, allows her to hear her teacher clearly, even when her teacher is in another part of the school. Cece’s new ability makes her feel like a superhero—just call her “El Deafo”—but the Phonic Ear is still hard to hide and uncomfortable to wear. Cece thinks, “Superheroes might be awesome, but they are also different. And being different feels a lot like being alone.” Bell (Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, 2012) shares her childhood experiences of being hearing impaired with warmth and sensitivity, exploiting the graphic format to amplify such details as misheard speech. Her whimsical color illustrations (all the human characters have rabbit ears and faces), clear explanations and Cece’s often funny adventures help make the memoir accessible and entertaining. Readers will empathize with Cece as she tries to find friends who aren’t bossy or inconsiderate, and they’ll rejoice with her when she finally does. An author's note fleshes out Bell's story, including a discussion of the many facets of deafness and Deaf culture.

Worthy of a superhero. (Graphic memoir. 8 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4197-1020-9

Page Count: 248

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: July 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2014

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Genial starter nonfiction.

THE HUMAN BODY

From the PlayTabs series

Panels activated by sliding tabs introduce youngsters to the human body.

The information is presented in matter-of-fact narration and captioned, graphically simple art featuring rounded lines, oversized heads and eyes, and muted colors. The sliding panels reveal new scenes on both sides of the page, and arrows on the large tabs indicate the direction to pull them (some tabs work left and right and others up and down). Some of the tabs show only slight changes (a white child reaches for a teddy bear, demonstrating how arms and hands work), while others are much more surprising (a different white child runs to a door and on the other side of the panel is shown sitting on the toilet). The double-page spreads employ broad themes as organizers, such as “Your Body,” “Eating Right,” and “Taking Care of Your Body.” Much of the content is focused on the outside of the body, but one panel does slide to reveal an X-ray image of a skeleton. While there are a few dark brown and amber skin tones, it is mostly white children who appear in the pages to demonstrate body movements, self-care, visiting the doctor, senses, and feelings. The companion volume, Baby Animals, employs the same style of sliding panels to introduce youngsters to little critters and their parents, from baboons to penguins.

Genial starter nonfiction. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-2-40800-850-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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