Friday, March 15, 2019
Fact Friday and Review: Itch! Everything you didn't want to know about what makes you scratch by Anita Sanchez
Itch! Everything you didn't want to know about what makes you scratch by Anita Sanchez. Illustrated by Gilbert Ford. 74 p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March, 2018. 9780544811010. (Review of finished copy courtesy of author.)
Fact Friday features Itch! Everything you didn't want to know about what makes you scratch by Anita Sanchez. If the title doesn't make you want to scratch, just wait until you take a deep dive into this fun, engaging, informative text. After learning the basics of the largest organ of the body, Sanchez covers plants and animals that make us itch and why in a playful, conversational tone. Nine short chapters cover lice, fleas, plants, mosquitoes, tarantulas, fungus and bedbugs concluding with a chapter about a surprising benefit of itching and other fun facts. I can now defend my less than stellar housekeeping habits.
Busy, bright illustrations vie for attention and amuse, though I'm not sure about the wooden frames around the edges of the pages. The backmatter includes an Author's Note, Glossary, Notes and a Bibliography for readers "itching" to know more. (I know. I couldn't help myself.)
I really enjoyed, Karl, Get Out of the Garden and was so pleased to be asked to read Itch! Here's a link to the author's website to learn more about her and her books.
Display prominently and Itch is sure to attract and inform. Itch is a fine addition to any school or classroom library.