Bugs in My Hair!

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Is something bugging you? Bestselling award-winner David Shannon shows the funny side of waging war against--oh no!--head lice.

This book is guaranteed to make you laugh--and itch! From the opening picture of a happy, oversized louse appearing with his suitcases, you know these bugs are determined to stay, and Mom is about to go nuts!

Nobody talks about them, but they are everywhere. (Some estimate 20 million children a year host them.) Oh the...

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Overview


Is something bugging you? Bestselling award-winner David Shannon shows the funny side of waging war against--oh no!--head lice.

This book is guaranteed to make you laugh--and itch! From the opening picture of a happy, oversized louse appearing with his suitcases, you know these bugs are determined to stay, and Mom is about to go nuts!

Nobody talks about them, but they are everywhere. (Some estimate 20 million children a year host them.) Oh the shame and humiliation of having bugs in your hair! But if you go to school, or have play dates, chances are good you might meet them someday. Maybe you already have! Lucky for you, the unwelcome bugs in this story are so funny you will be laughing aloud--even when Mom attacks them with battle-tested anti-lice weapons.

Shannon peppers his hilarious scenes with fun, "nitpicking" facts about these "lousy" critters and pokes fun at common denial: "It's probably ash from that volcano in Pogo Pogo."

Soon the party's over--Bye bye, Little Nasties! Once again Shannon has created a fresh, highly entertaining read-aloud classic that begs to be read again and again.

The 2014 Children's Choice Book of the Year for Third to Fourth Grade

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shannon offers young head lice victims and the grownups who love them a much-needed source of levity and empathy. His itchy redheaded hero can’t help imagining the worst—which is right up Shannon’s alley (his always expressive hand-lettering is deployed to especially good effect). What if the boy becomes a social pariah? What if his condition requires a scorched scalp policy? What if the “lice-a-palooza” in his hair (which looks more like a hootenanny than a rock festival) takes over the entire house? Shannon wisely allows these anxieties to vent, then calmly defuses them with epiphanies (“I found out a bunch of kids had them!”) and informative asides (“Relax. Dogs don’t get head lice”). He also underscores the idea that every lice-ridden kid has a secret weapon: mom (the book is dedicated to “moms everywhere and their battled-tested anti-lice weapons”). By book’s end, the lice have been whittled down from satanic scourge to manageable pain, and readers will come away reassured that it will take a lot more than a bunch of bug-eyed, multilegged “Little Nasties” to sink their families. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
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Praise for David Shannon

NO, DAVID!
A Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book
A BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS Blue Ribbon Book

JANGLES: A BIG FISH STORY
A 2012 Parents' Choice FunStuff Award Winner
A 2013 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee
* "Picture-book art doesn't get much more rousing than this; for anglers in particular and adventure lovers in general, it's a slam-dunk."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
"Action-packed close-ups capture the seemingly omniscient, omnipotent Jangles from arresting angles, allowing readers to feel they are front and center in this fantastic fishing fable. Some fish indeed!"--KIRKUS REVIEWS

TOO MANY TOYS
A NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

GOOD BOY, FERGUS!
A NEW YORK TIMES Notable Book

THE BUNYANS (by Audrey Wood)
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book of the Year
An American Booksellers Pick of the Lists

HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL
A NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book

"Shannon offers young head lice victims and the grownups who love them a much-needed source of levity and empathy. His itchy redheaded hero can't help imagining the worst - which is right up Shannon's alley (his always expressive hand-lettering is deployed to especially good effect). What if the boy becomes a social pariah? What if his condition requires a scorched scalp policy? What if the "lice-a-palooza" in his hair (which looks more like a hootenanny than a rock festival) takes over the entire house? Shannon wisely allows these anxieties to vent, then calmly defuses them with epiphanies ("I found out a bunch of kids had them!") and informative asides ("Relax. Dogs don't get head lice"). He also underscores the idea that every lice-ridden kid has a secret weapon: mom (the book is dedicated to "moms everywhere and their battled-tested anti-lice weapons"). By book's end, the lice have been whittled down from satanic scourge to manageable pain, and readers will come away reassured that it will take a lot more than a bunch of bug-eyed, multilegged "Little Nasties" to sink their families." - Publishers Weekly starred review

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
For the 6 to 12 million U.S. children who get lice each year (and their parents) the topic may seem more suitable for a work of tragedy than one of comedy. It is a challenge to think of lice without cringing or itching; who would think a story about the unwelcome critters could inspire smiles or laughter? David Shannon, that's who. Humorous illustrations and bold, splashy text combine to make a horrible topic approachable, if not embraceable. Facts about transmission, biology, and treatment are interspersed with hyperbolic worries in this first-person account of one boy's experience with the unwelcome visitor. Readers will chortle at the visual gag that is our hero's eventual solution to the lice problem: an armored helmet. Strangely, although the child here is a boy, battling the persistent foe seems to be "women's work." In the home, it is the mother who discovers the lice on her son's head, does mountains of laundry daily, and goes to "war" against the nits with "battle-tested anti-lice weapons." Also, at the "professional lice-treatment place," the inspector is a woman. Children who experience this common but stigmatized problem will see themselves on the page, feel relief, and maybe even laughter. (Parents—or should I say mothers?—maybe not so much.) Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—There's a Lice-a-Palooza going on-right on top of the narrator's head. Our hero (he appears to be a slightly more mature David) has head lice. His ever-attentive mother is on the attack, with stinky stuff and a nit comb. Head lice may have taken over the boy's life, but his mom can conquer just about anything. Shannon's wry sense of humor makes a sticky subject easier to talk about, and although funny, the book imparts quite a bit of information while revealing the humiliation, embarrassment, frustration, and downright itchiness of these little nasties. Shannon's signature cartoon illustrations step the book up a level. The narrator's imagination runs wild-what is going on up there on his head? Cleverly designed spreads depict the lice having a party, hanging out on the couch watching TV, and dancing. But wait…they are actually vampire bugs feasting on his blood. Libraries everywhere should have this book, as this perennial problem crops up in just about every community. The book even comes with its own warning: "This book will make you itchy!"—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Head lice morph into friendly fellows in this comical and necessary title. When the intrepid narrator's mother discovers his infestation, she immediately jumps into action. Factoids about lice and their transmittal and treatment follow quickly. The youngster suffers from a large dose of shame as he wonders how they found him. He willingly cooperates with his ever-vigilant mother as she marches boldly into the fray, which climaxes with a visit to "a professional lice treatment place." Alas, the lice return, and the treatment must be repeated. Never fear, the boy knows his medieval history and readies for the next joust with suitable head armor. Shannon's trademark color palette of yellows and oranges, so wonderful in his David books, fills the spreads with explosive energy as his magnificently magnified lice leap off the pages with endearingly expressive faces, personalities and costumes. Playful lettering becomes part of the page design and demands a most expressive reading voice. Few books for young readers come with a warning. Heed the one boldly penned on the back cover: "This book will make you ITCHY!" Don't scratch your head over this purchase: Entertainment and information are all wrapped up in one funny and disinfected package. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545143134
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 109,543
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Shannon

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including NO, DAVID!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and three more David picture books. Shannon's bestsellers include his recent A BAD CASE OF STRIPES; ALICE THE FAIRY; DUCK ON A BIKE; and his recent JANGLES: A BIG FISH STORY. He lives in California with his family.
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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 5, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)
    1. Education:
      B.A., Art Center College of Design

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