Johnny Germ Head

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Johnny Jarvis is completely obsessed with germs, so obsessed that his friends call him Johnny Germ Head. Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes at school and summer camp, this offbeat comedy is perfect for even the most reluctant readers.

While performing an heroic act at an amusement park, third-grader Johnny Jarvis finally confronts the fear of germs which had been an obsession with him ever since he was seven.

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Overview

Johnny Jarvis is completely obsessed with germs, so obsessed that his friends call him Johnny Germ Head. Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes at school and summer camp, this offbeat comedy is perfect for even the most reluctant readers.

While performing an heroic act at an amusement park, third-grader Johnny Jarvis finally confronts the fear of germs which had been an obsession with him ever since he was seven.

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"When Johnny’s parents give him a microscope and books about the human body, he becomes a hypochondriac.... Kids will laugh at the situation, even as they shudder at the scientific horror of the minute monstrous hordes waiting very close to home to get you." —Booklist
Children's Literature - Susan Hoyle Fournier
Johnny Jarvis is a little boy who is obsessed with germs. His friends think he is weird and have nicknamed him "Johnny Germ Head." His parents are hoping that his fascination with germs is just a phase and that soon he'll outgrow it. Soon his obsession becomes out of hand. His fear of contacting a deadly disease forces him into seclusion in his home, a prisoner of his fears. A trip to summer camp proves to be his worst nightmare, yet also the beginning of his recovery. By saving a little boy from drowning, Johnny temporarily forgets his fears and sees how much of life he is missing. Most of the book is tedious and slow moving, until the rescue scene at the end. The illustrations of the various germs that Johnny imagines are funny, and add interest to the slow paced, weak plot.
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Gr 3-4--Johnny Jarvis's preoccupation with germs began with the gift of a microscope when he was seven and escalated to an almost obsessive-compulsive behavior, thus his nickname, Johnny Germ Head. Now eight, he sees everything through germ-covered glasses. When a boy at school becomes ill, Johnny yells for everyone to run, in order to avoid the harmful germs being spewed out. He refuses to take a swim test at Kraft Kamp for fear of what's in the pool. Johnny conquers his paranoia in the end, after he saves a toddler from a moat at an amusement park. Then, when he is rewarded with five airline tickets to other parks, he begins to imagine all the things that could go wrong in the air. The main character is well developed, but it's difficult to believe that the other children don't avoid him like the plague, although they do make fun of him. The pacing keeps readers interested and amused. Simple, black-and-white cartoons suit the humor of the story, complete with the depiction of enlarged germs chasing down their victims.--DeAnn Tabuchi, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805053951
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/15/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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