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|Bugs in my hair!|
Author: Shannon, David
A horrified boy discovers he has head lice and tries some wild remedies to get rid of them.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 161423
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.90
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 61485
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/13)
School Library Journal (07/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2013 K-Gr 3—There's a Lice-a-Palooza going on-right on top of the narrator's head. Our hero (he appears to be a slightly more mature David) has head lice. His ever-attentive mother is on the attack, with stinky stuff and a nit comb. Head lice may have taken over the boy's life, but his mom can conquer just about anything. Shannon's wry sense of humor makes a sticky subject easier to talk about, and although funny, the book imparts quite a bit of information while revealing the humiliation, embarrassment, frustration, and downright itchiness of these little nasties. Shannon's signature cartoon illustrations step the book up a level. The narrator's imagination runs wild-what is going on up there on his head? Cleverly designed spreads depict the lice having a party, hanging out on the couch watching TV, and dancing. But wait…they are actually vampire bugs feasting on his blood. Libraries everywhere should have this book, as this perennial problem crops up in just about every community. The book even comes with its own warning: "This book will make you itchy!"—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2013 Lice! Lice! Aaaaargh! Every kid’s confused terror at being diagnosed with the itchy little buggers is mirrored here in Shannon’s chortling, over-the-top, but ultimately comforting ode to eradicating the problem. There were BUGS! an unnamed red-haired boy reports. In my HAIR!! And they were laying EGGS!!! As the boy scratches, Shannon zooms in for one of many extreme extreme close-ups of the beasties holding a Lice-a-Palooza in his hair. Oh, the SHAME! The humiliation! cries the boy as he endures school, wondering not only if everyone knows but also how the heck he caught the plague—from a hug? a hat? his dog? (Facts marked with asterisks deliver a bit of additional info: Relax. Dogs don’t get head lice.) The whole grueling removal procedure, from zero-tolerance laundry to medicated oil to a nit comb is depicted, with the combing apocalypse of lice being the most humorous. Obviously this is a blaring, shouty affair, but tons of fun, and isn’t fun what sufferers of head lice need the most? (Aside from a shaved head.) - Copyright 2013 Booklist.