Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost
Illustrator: Electron Microscope Images by Linnea Rundgren
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
From the pages of a book to the teeth in your mouth, readers follow Min as she meets microbes in different places. The reader helps move Min along in her journey by following the prompts given by the story. Touching your shirt transfers Min to a world full of cotton, while touching the page allows her to explore the print of your finger. Min picks up a few friends along the way, like the dirt spreading t-shirt microbes and the soap fearing skin microbes to help her see new places.
Ben-Barak and Frost have created a masterpiece of a book. They include full page spreads of scanning electron microscope images, which provide tangible evidence that children can look at when learning about these small microbes. There's even a spot on the back of the book specially designed to lick, if the child really must lick something. It's humorous and entertaining, and children will love every page. The characters are inspired by real microbes, and their shape and color mirror the microbes, like E. coli. Do Not Lick this Book is worth the read!