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Children's LiteratureWho would have thought viruses were fun? Okay, viruses aren't, but this book makes learning about them a good time. This book begins with a humorous interview with the, dare we say it, "common cold" virus (that doesn't like to be called "common"). Topics covered include pox, warts, flu, other viruses and the history of vaccines and how they work. Plus, intriguing facts, a "Solve-it-Yourself" mystery, a variety of activities, and career information are included. Just the right amount of terms are introduced for this age level. Colorful photographs and illustrations fill the pages. The only problem with this well-written book is the layout. It is overwhelming. Since the topic isn't high-interest (for most people), getting a reader to dive into so much text with so little rest for the eyes is intimidating. Fortunately, once the engaging text takes hold, most will keep reading. This is the best book in the "Discovery Channel School Science Universes Large and Small series." 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 12 to 15.