Title: Bugs In My Hair
Author: David Shannon
Classification: Fiction with real life element
Themes: hygiene, lice/nits
What’s it about?
This is a story about a boy who discovers that he has bugs in his hair – nasty little nits. He then goes through all the ways to get rid of the nits (including talking about some in history which we no longer use because they might just have killed you anyway).
The forever engaging pictures are a big draw card. Often on each page there are several elements to view and discuss – and lots of short facts instead of lengthy dialogue.
Reading this book may cause you to scratch your head unintentionally.
This was a great book that my grade 2/3 class adored. I had a particular problem with girls taking out their hair once their parents had dropped them off and touching heads with others. They were a little grossed out when I said we were going to read it but ultimately they enjoyed it and talked about it. So many had had nits and never wanted to admit it but the boy and his feelings were so relevant that it relieved a lot of tension about the subject.
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