The Good Germ Hotel: Meet Your Body’s Marvelous Microbes

What On Earth. Mar. 2021. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781913750169.
Gr 2-5–The world is hyperaware of germs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but not all germs are bad. Some are much needed to help human bodies function properly and fight off bad germs. This nonfiction picture book is told from the point of view of a microbe living inside a “Good Germ Hotel” (a nine-year-old girl). The microbe teaches readers about the wonders of the human body, from head to toe. The text features colorful, cartoonish, and detailed illustrations. As an informative text, this title covers everything readers need to know about how germs and microbes work in the body. The story follows the first bite of nutrient-rich food, to the toilet, and to the end of the gut bacterium’s journey. The narrative uses a question-and-answer format, which helps organize the information into manageable sections. A glossary, an index, and selected sources are included.
VERDICT A good purchase for elementary collections where stories about body science are popular and/or needed.

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