Johnny Germ Head (Redfeather Books)

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9780805053951: Johnny Germ Head (Redfeather Books)

Johnny Jarvis is completely obsessed with germs, so obsessed that his friends call him Johnny Germ Head. Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes at school and summer camp, this offbeat comedy is perfect for even the most reluctant readers.

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Grade 3-4?Johnny Jarvis's preoccupation with germs began with the gift of a microscope when he was seven and escalated to an almost obsessive-compulsive behavior, thus his nickname, Johnny Germ Head. Now eight, he sees everything through germ-covered glasses. When a boy at school becomes ill, Johnny yells for everyone to run, in order to avoid the harmful germs being spewed out. He refuses to take a swim test at Kraft Kamp for fear of what's in the pool. Johnny conquers his paranoia in the end, after he saves a toddler from a moat at an amusement park. Then, when he is rewarded with five airline tickets to other parks, he begins to imagine all the things that could go wrong in the air. The main character is well developed, but it's difficult to believe that the other children don't avoid him like the plague, although they do make fun of him. The pacing keeps readers interested and amused. Simple, black-and-white cartoons suit the humor of the story, complete with the depiction of enlarged germs chasing down their victims.?DeAnn Tabuchi, New York Public Library
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"When Johnny’s parents give him a microscope and books about the human body, he becomes a hypochondriac.... Kids will laugh at the situation, even as they shudder at the scientific horror of the minute monstrous hordes waiting very close to home to get you." --Booklist

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