It got really quiet in the backseat as I was driving the other day. I looked in my rear-view mirror to see my nine-year-old son reading DK Books‘ The Bacteria Book, The Bit World of Really Tiny Microbes by Steve Mould ($20.99). He read quietly for about 15 minutes before he started sharing bits of knowledge with me. I was also read the part about toxins, diarrhea and cholera. He has picked up the book many times since then, reading pieces and sharing what he learned.
It is a fascinating read. I found myself reading most of the book before realizing it was time to, you know, work. Microbes are super interesting and Mould (is that really his name?) does a fabulous job of explaining things so it makes sense to people without much knowledge about these things. I particularly liked how Mould showed the size of a bacteria: “If you were shrunk down to the size of a bacteria, a grain of rice wold seem bigger than a mountain.”
I love the mix of real pictures of microbes as well as the graphic elements. There is a lot of information in each section, but it’s written in short chunks so it’s easy to read.
Some interesting, cool, disgusting facts and observations:
- The picture of the bacteriophage virus attaching to a bacteria cell reminds me aliens
- One-cell bacteria reproduce by dividing into two copies of themselves. “After 12 hours, one bacteria cell can grow and divide into 70 billion.” Yikes. No wonder sicknesses hit so fast.
- “A person carries about 4.4 pounds in and one their body.” Also kind of gross, but many are good so don’t panic.
- You can, however, panic about this disgusting fact:
“Half of all people have demodex living in their eyelashes. Demodex are a type of animal called a mite that are about .02 inches long. They have eight legs and walk around on our eyelids at night.”
Oh, please, tell me I am not one of those people.
A copy of this book was provided by DK Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
June 26, 2018 at 3:07 pm
HI Lisa– first of all, Love, love DK books in general. And this one had me from the cover on! So important to hand kids worthwhile nonfiction! xoxox
June 29, 2018 at 2:42 am
Me too. YOu can’t go wrong with DK Books. I find myself reading and reading until I realize I got nothing else done. Always interesting to read and interesting to look at.
July 2, 2018 at 3:41 am
You’re so right– they pull you in with all those great illustrations. I have a Big collection of DK travel books of anywhere we’ve been and I just like flipping through them to remember travels. Love your posts!!
July 4, 2018 at 11:09 am
What a great idea. And less room then photos.
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