I am so fortunate to get so many books through to review, and there are just so many wonderful ones to share with the children. But, every now and then, there are books that arrive that just don’t do it for me. I’ll admit that when Do not lick this book arrived, I wasn’t too keen to get started with it. I really ought to know that you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!
It was sent by a publisher I’d not worked with before so I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. I was trying to get the children into bed so grabbed the book from the side and promised them we would read it at bedtime. A new book is always guaranteed to get them tucked into bed and this appealed to them much more than me.
So, Do not lick this book, by Idan Ben-Barak and Julin Frost is all about microbes. I know this doesn’t sound the most exciting subject but it truly is superb and it takes a really difficult concept and explains it perfectly and in a way that the children really engaged with. It invites the reader to interact with the book and take Min the microbe on a journey.
It does a truly excellent job of mixing quite complex scientific concepts and facts into a fun and engaging read. The use of microscope photography is a stroke of genius as it really makes the children (and me!) go ‘wow’ when they realise what they are looking at.
Microbes are, I understand, a key topic within the primary science curriculum and this books introduces and explains the topic in a really fun and engaging way. It’s certainly had Mr D and Miss E hooked.
Do Not Lick This Book is published by Murdoch Books in October 2017 and is priced at £10.99