HMH Books for Young Readers
Summary: Maybe you don’t want to think about the tiny eyelash mites that are living on, not surprisingly, your eyelashes, but you can bet there’s some 9-year-old kid out there who does. And that kid will also enjoy learning about bedbugs, chiggers, dust mites, and a whole host of other small creatures who live on humans, in houses, and outside. Each spread features Jenkins’ trademark cut paper illustrations, with the actual size shown as a black silhouette (some are just a dot), the magnification of the illustration, and a paragraph of information. The last two pages give additional information about each critter, and there is also a short bibliography. 32 pages; grades 1-4.
Pros: I’m always delighted to learn that Steve Jenkins has a new book; even more so when he teams up with his wife Robin Page. Personally, I did not find the subject of this one particularly engaging, but I just know it will be a huge hit in any elementary library.
Cons: I feel itchy.