The book is funny, but it is also very informative. (Excuse me a minute while I scratch again.) The illustration of "lice-a-palooza!" is hysterical, if a bit disgusting. In fact, most of the illustrations are disgusting. The one showing a vampire-louse (scratch, scratch) with the words blood red and drippy. Yuck.
Kids will love it, and one can hope that it will make the subject of lice something that can be discussed and talked about. Having lice has a huge stigma. (I'm a teacher. I know this.)
One page says, "Just talking about bugs made my mom itchy. Her problem wasn't on her head, it was in her head!" (So true, scratch, scratch.)
So the remedies to get rid of lice are discussed and tried, and then the worst happens. They come back! Which, of course, can really happen.
Shannon will bring a world of relief to the many school children who get lice every year and feel the shame, the stigma, the itching and the pain. Perhaps he will also cause teachers to be able to think about lice without scratching heads every time the subject comes up. Good luck with that last one.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Scholastic, for review purposes.
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