I think the subject matter and alliterative title of this book will hook a lot of young readers in immediately, and for others browsing this book they will soon see its great merits. Young students will likely be drawn to the ‘Respect for the Runny Nose’ section with lots of information about sneezes. However, with fine details about animal testing as well as AIDS/safe sex, STDs and condoms then younger readers will need some guidance in navigating this volume aimed at aged 8-12 years.
The Foreword by Dr Jennifer Gardy, one of the world’s top scientists, is full of enthusiasm for her subject and sets the right tone for this well researched book. Similarly, the Thank You at the close of this guide by author Marc ter Horst explains his passion for communicating some difficult concepts in a child friendly way.
This is a thorough investigation and explanation of viruses and vaccines brought about by COVID-19. It is divided into six chapters with clear subheadings: What Viruses Are and How They Work; How Viruses Spread; How Viruses Make You Sick…; How to Frustrate a Virus; How Vaccines Protect Us and How Virus Outbreaks Happen…
I particularly enjoyed learning about the beginnings and consequences of diseases throughout history, as well as seeing the timeline for COVID-19. The illustrations are excellent and go a long way in explaining complicated scientific concepts, such as cells and DNA.
Most children were affected by the recent pandemic and this work will help them to learn more about it in a scientific and historic context. It would be fantastic if it also encourages a new generation of young scientists too! Older students will also value its information and clear explanations: a great book for a school/home library.