From School Library Journal
Lisa Muir, Poe Middle School, Annandale, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In her new humor book, Melinda Muse counts the perils of everyday existence. Be afraid, be very afraid. Hatched during her stint as a medical writer, the eye-opening guide posits that danger lurks everywhere. To wit: About 14,000 people a year land in the emergency room from such phone-related injuries as bonking themselves with receivers. Even things that seem healthful can be hazardous, such as quitting smoking (nicotine withdrawal may be disorienting), toothbrushes (bacteria farms) and eating alfalfa sprouts (hello, salmonella!). -- People Magazine, March 27, 2000
Learn the secret dangers lurking in underwire bras, hair conditioners, and cinnamon gum in this paranoia-inducing primer. -- Entertainment Weekly, March 17, 2000
Look out! I'm Afraid, You're Afraid lists 448 things you mustn't touch, eat, do or be. Like mangos, molasses, electrolysis, and narcissists. This irreverent textbook of life's hazards explains that gum causes tooth decay, flatulence, and intestinal blockage. Malls threaten heart attacks and robbery. Monday is the day most people take their own lives. "'Don't sweat the small stuff' is foolish advice," warns Muse. "It's the small stuff that will make you duck and cover." -- Austin Chronicle, March 10, 2000