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Lice! Lice! Aaaaargh! Every kid’s confused terror at being diagnosed with the itchy little buggers is mirrored here in Shannon’s chortling, over-the-top, but ultimately comforting ode to eradicating the problem. There were BUGS! an unnamed red-haired boy reports. In my HAIR!! And they were laying EGGS!!! As the boy scratches, Shannon zooms in for one of many extreme extreme close-ups of the beasties holding a Lice-a-Palooza in his hair. Oh, the SHAME! The humiliation! cries the boy as he endures school, wondering not only if everyone knows but also how the heck he caught the plague—from a hug? a hat? his dog? (Facts marked with asterisks deliver a bit of additional info: Relax. Dogs don’t get head lice.) The whole grueling removal procedure, from zero-tolerance laundry to medicated oil to a nit comb is depicted, with the combing apocalypse of lice being the most humorous. Obviously this is a blaring, shouty affair, but tons of fun, and isn’t fun what sufferers of head lice need the most? (Aside from a shaved head.) Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus
"Shannon offers young head lice victims and the grownups who love them a much-needed source of levity and empathy. His itchy redheaded hero can't help imagining the worst - which is right up Shannon's alley (his always expressive hand-lettering is deployed to especially good effect). What if the boy becomes a social pariah? What if his condition requires a scorched scalp policy? What if the "lice-a-palooza" in his hair (which looks more like a hootenanny than a rock festival) takes over the entire house? Shannon wisely allows these anxieties to vent, then calmly defuses them with epiphanies ("I found out a bunch of kids had them!") and informative asides ("Relax. Dogs don't get head lice"). He also underscores the idea that every lice-ridden kid has a secret weapon: mom (the book is dedicated to "moms everywhere and their battled-tested anti-lice weapons"). By book's end, the lice have been whittled down from satanic scourge to manageable pain, and readers will come away reassured that it will take a lot more than a bunch of bug-eyed, multilegged "Little Nasties" to sink their families." - Publishers Weekly starred review
LOVE THIS!!! No more overreacting about a common issue!Published 9 months ago by Michael G Whitfield
My daughter loved this one and has it memorized!!!!Published 10 months ago by Christian van Binsbergen
My grandson and I love this book, it has taken the mystery out of lice but still kept enough gross details to delight my 7 years old grandsonPublished 13 months ago by Ava
Purchased this for my 7-year-old twin granddaughters and they love the book. They had already been introduced to it in 1st grade but still had so much fun reading it along with me... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Karen Vahl
My daughter had to have this book from the Scholastic Book Fair at her school so I just picked it up...didn't bother to read it. Hate to say it but it's awful! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Julie T. Smith