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Saturday 26 May 2018

Review: The Bacteria Book

Zombie Ants.
Animals and plants that grow in the dark.
What is a water bear?
Why does food go mouldy?
How is the common cold passed onto other people?

The Bacteria Book, written by author, science presenter and comedian, Steve Mould will give readers information about all of these things and many more.

This book contains facts about a variety of microbes; bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa, archaea and micro animals, which will inform and entertain children that like science or gross, vile and funky things.

The facts come in relatable bites of information, 'If this mountain represents a grain of rice...a person would be the size of bacteria...and their mobile phone would be the size of a virus.'

To make this another fabulous  DK Book, the facts are accompanied by diagrams, illustrations and photos. The illustrations include some microbes that have been anthropomorphised into cute animals. While microbes that are smaller than a dot have been photographed and shown with their images magnified to the size of a large coin or drink coaster.

Families and teachers looking for books that relate to STEM subjects will find that The Bacteria Book is a fabulous introduction to microbiology for children in middle to upper primary school. The facts will provide readers with a sound base of understanding and terminology as they progress into high school science.

Title: The Bacteria Book
Author: Steve Mould
Publisher: DK Books, $19.99
Publication Date: 3 May 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780241316580
For ages: 7 - 12
Type: Non-fiction, Junior Non-Fiction