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Do not lick this book* : *it's full of germs
2018
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Min is a microbe. She is small.
Very small.

In fact, so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before--like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle of your shirt.

Written by Idan Ben-Barak, with illustrations from Julian Frost, Do Not Lick This Book is perfect for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.

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Microbiologist Ben-Barak and YouTuber Frost join forces to introduce the concept of microbes. After they discuss size (3,422,167, give or take a few million, can fit on a dot), an E. coli named Min leads readers on a tour of four habitats: a sheet of paper, a tooth surface, a shirt, and a belly button. As Min travels from place to place, she picks up other creatures along the way, including Rae, a streptococcus; Dennis, a fungus; and Jake, a corynebacterium. Frost's colorful, cartoon-style art adds humor to the text, especially when the characters are superimposed on actual electron micrographs. Each germ engages in banter (Help yourselves to a delicious chunk of dead skin), and textual directions (Touch the circle with your finger to pick her up) will engage young listeners. Ben-Barak avoids complex terms and discussion of cell structure, reproduction, and disease that might confuse or frighten the intended audience, but an afterword identifies each microbe and offers additional information. This friendly introduction to the microscopic world is appropriate even for the squeamish.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2018 Booklist
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