What's Eating You?: Parasites--The inside Story

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It’s the little things that count as the creators of POOP and EXTREME ANIMALS return to expose the parasites among us.

Mites and lice, fleas, ticks, and tapeworms — most living creatures that have a habitat also are a habitat, including you (are you itchy yet?). Unwelcome guests — parasites — are everywhere, from the barnacles hitching a ride on a humpback whale’s head to the tiny flies that control a bee’s brain and make it literally dig its own grave. Now an expert team ...

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Overview

It’s the little things that count as the creators of POOP and EXTREME ANIMALS return to expose the parasites among us.

Mites and lice, fleas, ticks, and tapeworms — most living creatures that have a habitat also are a habitat, including you (are you itchy yet?). Unwelcome guests — parasites — are everywhere, from the barnacles hitching a ride on a humpback whale’s head to the tiny flies that control a bee’s brain and make it literally dig its own grave. Now an expert team returns for an in-depth look at how these insidious critters do it, whether it’s leaping aboard moving targets or morphing their body shapes, and what their unwitting hosts have learned to do to fight back and reclaim their space.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
British zoologist-writer Davies and ingenious illustrator Layton have collaborated on a book that presents fascinating science information in a witty and graphic manner. The fun starts on the bright red cover, proceeds through the endpapers (check front and back for a progression from nits to lice), and enlivens the pages with information both scary and amusing, accompanied by delightful drawings that explain who parasites are and how they maintain themselves on a host. Readers will be amazed (and perhaps horrified) to learn that parasites thrive on and in many animals, including themselves. To demonstrate how a parasite can get into a human body by changing its shape, "The Two-Host Tapeworm Game" offers a mini—board game that can actually be played with dice and counters. Davies explains that some parasites are harmless, but all are devilishly clever at gaining entry to a host; some have even figured out how to control the minds of their victims (see illustrations of a zombie crab, bumblebee, and grasshopper being directed to their deaths). Ways to combat parasites are equally inventive, from super grooming to monkeys consuming spiky leaves and a fishy parasite-eating service for other fish. A parade of "Parasite Champions" spotlights the bravest, the weirdest, the most beautiful, and the most gruesome (truly). Sound intriguing? It is—readers will be absorbed by information about invasive creatures, from mosquitoes to mitochondria, and probably never think about their own bodies the same way again. This is science for kids at its brilliant best. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
VOYA
If the old saying is true and it is what is inside that counts, readers of this book might begin to worry a lot. From lice to tapeworms to the particularly nasty Sacculina, an ocean-dweller that can take over the mind of its host, a whole new set of symptoms will horrify germophobes and hypochondriacs everywhere. On the bright side, they will get to play a game while finding them, and they will see a fascinating if sickening world of parasites, laid out in a way that is easy to understand and follow. Budding scientists with an interest in the grossout factor will enjoy paging through the colorful cartoon-style drawings that accompany this in-depth look at parasites. The vivid illustrations are humorous, often showing conversations that parasites might have with each other or their hosts. Despite the light tone of the pictures, the accompanying text is scientifically accurate and much more advanced than the pictures would suggest. The view of the parasite world is wide; readers will learn about insects, worms, and mites that take up residency in animals as well as people. Davies's informative text, written at a solid middle-school level, informs readers in detail about some of the horrific and occasionally helpful things parasites can do but never gets bogged down in overly scientific language. The short length coupled with the number of full-page illustrations might entice reluctant readers. Reviewer: Carlisle Kraft Webber
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6- This unique book looks at parasites that live both in and on animals, including humans. The text is clear and provides the basic facts with a definite gross-out appeal that students will enjoy. Common parasites like ticks, lice, and mosquitoes are included along with more unusual varieties, such as horsehair worms and tapeworms. Davies describes what parasites are, how they live, and how they reproduce. The cartoon illustrations, some in panels and some full page, and the dialogue balloons add a humorous touch. This title has enough information for reports but will also be devoured as general reading.-Christine Markley, Washington Elementary School, Barto, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763634605
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Series: Maisy Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 543,576
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.77 (w) x 6.16 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Davies has written many award-winning books for children, including EXTREME ANIMALS, BIG BLUE WHALE, ONE TINY TURTLE, SURPRISING SHARKS, and BAT LOVES THE NIGHT. She lives in Somerset, England.

Neal Layton is the illustrator of EXTREME ANIMALS and the author-illustrator of HOT HOT HOT and THE SUNDAY BLUES. He lives in Portsmouth, England.

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