A brief history of headlice, with information about how infestations start, the life cycle of the louse, and what can be done to get rid of lice.
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Grade 1-3 The unpopular, undiscriminating louse is the subject of this easy-reading introduction. The author presents some brief historical background (lice were a fact of life in the Middle Ages, young George Washington's book on manners discusses the etiquette of killing lice or fleas in public), describes the parasites' physical and behavioral characteristics, and gives tips on the prevention and/or treatment of infestations. Cartoon-style illustrations dominate almost every page, accompanied by short paragraphs of clear, yet sometimes oversimplified text. For instance, the term "pediculosis" is defined as headlice, when it actually applies to both head and body infestations. Lice are not even identified as insects until halfway through the book. The drawings of the critters are so anthropomorphized that it is hard to visualize what they actually look like. They are depicted with greenish, humanlike faces, wearing what look like vests, and sporting bizarre hairdos. Most of the characters make inane comments in dialogue balloons. Bobbi Katz's Lots of Lice (Scholastic, 1998) tackles the same subject more successfully. Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
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The topic is yucky, and the presentation, with Anne Canaveri Green's comically grotesque illustrations, is graphic to say the least. But there's no nice way to introduce lice, especially if you are going to go into detail about the way lice suck the blood of their host and lay eggs on hair, and explain why lice make a person itch (their spit causes the itch). Still, this parasitic infestation is a common problem; sufferers will appreciate the message that lice are not caused by being dirty, and potential prey will be interested in the oft-reiterated tips for avoiding lice in the first place. Goofy-looking cartoons (mostly of lice at play--on people's heads) are over the top but do provide a humorous counterpoint to the repulsive facts in the text. A brief bibliography and a note to parents and teachers round out the treatment. Ilene Cooper
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