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Germy Science

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“Germy Science” is a well-written, informative, and entertaining books about germ theory for kids! And my kids LOVED it! I was honestly a little surprised by how much they enjoyed me reading it to them because it isn’t exactly a narrative, and it covers some a considerable amount of information that could possibly be s little much to digest in one sitting. We read the book over several nights, and my kids were engaged and asked great questions. The book obviously  has a relevance to the current pandemic that wasn’t lost on my kids, and this book led to good discussions with my 8 and 6 year old. The illustrations are great also!
Overall, I recommend this book to anyone looking for an educational book to help kids understand germs, hygiene, how we get sick, etc., or for a good book to open discussion about the current pandemic were living through. I plan to buy a copy for our bookshelf. 
And a big Thank You to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the ARC!
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This was an engaging read! I think the art is great, and I can see it appealing to a broad range of kids. It was almost comic-like.  There’s also just the right amount of ick!

My only wish is that there had been a bit more content on good germs and the told they play in our bodies.
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I loved this book! I was thoroughly entertained by the engaging langue and fun pictures. As an adult I learned some things about the history and science of germs that I did not know before. I think this is a really timely book and for kids interested in learning more about germs it's a great resource for educators as well. Definitely purchasing for my library.
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Did you know when you sneeze little bits of stuff in your nose shoots out at 93 miles per hour?!?! With that kind of speed my nose could be a major league pitcher!!! 

Geeky Science: The Sick Truth about Getting Sick (and Staying Healthy) is a FUN fact filled & revolting journey through the life of the good and the bad of all thinks icky… GERMS!

We had so much fun reading this book. Seriously. So. Much. Fun. The illustrations are hilarious and imaginative, the science is real, easy to understand, and super informative (even mom who studied science in university learned something).

My kids learned about this hat germs are, why we there are good and bad germs, how to prevent getting sick, and much much more. 

I could totally see this is a fun companion book for home school families or the traditional classroom… in addition to families who love science and all things icky 🙋‍♀️ (which is totally us. Nearly every day I hear “this is so gross, mom look what I found”).

What I especially love is germs are a HUGE discussion point with kiddos right now. This is a really fun and engaging way to make everything like why we wash our hands click for the younger (and stubborn older) crowd. 

If your a parent, caregiver, teacher, or have a special kid in your life who loves the sweet smell of germ farts, bacteria pooping on their teeth, or doctors who use shaved chicken butts as medicine, then these germ filled pages are for you.
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Germy Science was not what I expected - it turned out to be better! When I started this book, I thought the illustrations and classification as a children’s book would make it a good book for my seven year old to read, but it’s considerably more advanced than early elementary. That said, I really enjoyed reading smaller, easy to understand sections on germ theory, the history of germs, and the first vaccinations (don’t read while eating)! The material is great for elementary school aged children and above, but some younger readers will need help understanding the concepts and vocabulary. There’s a cool glossary, too!
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This is a great book for older kids. It is 52 pages long and full of fun illustrations. It goes over human’s discovery of germs, helpful and harmful germs, vaccines, and so much more. It was very engaging and easy to understand.
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This book is fun and very cute and colourful. An ideal book to run alongside a biology ks1 project or to help with pandemic understanding.
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<i>Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review</i>

I've only recently realised that children's non-fiction is an amazing genre, and I can't seem to get enough of it, so I was excited to check this one out.

<i>Germy Science</i> is a primer on microbiology covering the science and history of these microorganisms, as well as their historical and cultural relevance to humans. Now, the book is supposed to be actively gross, so I will not hold that against it, even if it makes it a bit harder to engage with than the more normal/cutesy ones as an adult (totally not the intended audience). It takes its grossness seriously – the pages are smudged with all sorts of sticky-looking green stains and blemishes, and some of the illustrations are honestly icky, so props for comitting to the bit. I honestly would have loved that aspect as a kid, so I won't pretend otherwise.

I think it does a good job at explaining even trickier concepts to kids (e.g. germs aren't inherently bad nor good; they constantly mutate with different results; and we need them as much as they need us or more), and the illustrations are always clearly connected to the text in a way that's quite fun, and some of them are amazing. I did not know about a lot of the history the book covers, which was quite interesting. The bolded words and glossary were a nice touch, even if some of the choices were puzzling to me (surely 'flu' should have been prioritised over 'feudal system'?).

One issue I did have was the Covid-19 section. It says that if you've ever experienced a cold <i>or the flu</i> you've already had a version of coronavirus. What? Some common colds are caused by other coronaviruses, sure, but the flu? Very different from saying something like 'If you've ever had a cold, you've probably had a version of a coronavirus before'. Or maybe they just meant to say 'a type of virus' instead of 'a type of coronavirus'?! The only way to interpret that correctly if you want to be super charitable is if you take 'the flu' as a generic synonym for 'a cold', but that's also a terrible choice for a book on this topic, so not much better. Getting something this basic wrong has actually made me doubt the rest of the info on the book, unfortunately, which made me knock a star off my rating because I think it's quite major.

All in all it was definitely a fun read. If you know kids who love gross stuff, it's a good way of getting them to learn about the topic in an enjoyable way.
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I especially liked that there was bolded vocabulary that explained in kid-friendly terms. This was especialy good for ages 10+. There was a lot of information, but it is organized and written in an interesting way. Just gross enough to keep engagement.
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This would be called a very good and lively look at all we need to know about germs, but it has to get a mark down for the very first page.  Yes, I know we've all died of E Coli, coronasniffles and long ebola (look it up, it is a thing), and my audience now consists of ghosts, but the demand to wash every part of us every time it contacts with every other thing is one reason why so many have an immune system that can be wiped out by a peanut.  Let kids get dirty, for crying out loud.  The side-column about germophobia says it's always been a good thing to wear facial nappies and do this and that and the other – yeah, well, let's not forget the fact that until a year ago every single statistic you cared to cross-reference said facial nappies were bad for you.  I just knew this book would not let me down when it came to irreverent and counter-factual scaremongering.

That aside, I really liked the look at the history of medical science we get here – perfectly pitched at the older kids in primary schools.  It indeed taught me new things about the people who got us to be a world where we knew what germs where and what they did and how and why, and it's surprisingly narrative for such a non-fiction book.  Take the chapter headings away and you have a perfectly smooth ride from the miasmas and humours up to the bacteria that might one day be let loose on the Great Pacific Plastic Patch, or whatever it's called, to help break down and eradicate that.  This is inherently readable, then, which makes it a shame it has the bias and agenda of keeping us all germ-free and het up on eradicating everything.  We've lived alongside millions of bugs for millions of years and no generation should be made to worry about that on the basis of one more.
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