Unseen Jungle: The Microbes That Secretly Control Our World

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Unseen Jungle: The Microbes That Secretly Control Our World
Written by Eleanor Spicer Rice
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781536226461
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Unseen Jungle: The Microbes That Secretly Control Our World

author: Eleanor Spicer Rice
illustrator: Rob Wilson

series name:
Your Hidden Life

Microbes are everywhere: outside, indoors, on your body, in your body. In fact, only about half of our bodies' cells are human cells—the rest are microbes. Whether helping people digest their food or using mind-control techniques to lure mice into the path of hungry cats (no, really), microbes form an unseen jungle all around us. Through zany facts, hilarious and sometimes disgusting illustrations, and interviews with experts in their fields, aspiring young scientists (or kids who just want to be grossed out) will discover a hidden world in which your health depends on a myriad of microbes, houseflies get zombified by fungi, and termites are saving the planet one fart at a time. With such extras as sidebars, limericks, and even a lesson on how to draw E. coli, this “eww”-worthy treasure trove for kids is an engrossing romp into the microbe drama unfolding where you might least expect it.

This lively peek into the amazing world of microbes, replete with a kid-pleasing “ick” factor, is chock-full of facts, humor, and fun illustrations.
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1536226467 /  9781536226461
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Middle Grade Nonfiction / Hardback
age range:
7 yrs - 10 yrs
# of pages/size:
176 / 6" x 8 7/16"
grade range:
Grade 2 - Grade 5
Animals; Science & Nature;
author’s comments:
Eleanor Spicer Rice, PhD, is an entomologist and the author of seven books, including Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants, Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Spiders, and Ants: Workers of the World. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, sons, dogs, hermit crabs, an assortment of spiders and insects, and a small but valiant flock of homing pigeons.
illustrator’s comments:
Rob Wilson is an award-winning illustrator and celebrated graphic designer who has created work for the Washington Post, New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and the covers of best-selling books. He is the creator of the icon for the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and his work has been featured in galleries in London and New York City, where he lives.
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