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Plagues Pox and Pestilence Hardcover – Unabridged, 17 Oct 2011

3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Unabridged edition (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753431688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753431689
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Library Media ConnectionWith cartoonlike illustrations and photographs, this title provides a visually appealing introduction to infection and diseases. . . . Each two-page spread is supported by informative sidebars and other notes which are integrated with the artwork. . . . This title will be useful to both science and social studies classes and will demonstrate the changing nature of scientific understanding.

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A fascinating and humorous exploration of plagues and diseases throughout history.

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Format: Hardcover
I love a book that is vibrant, has great colours and looks, on first glance that it's going to get the information over to the reader in a simple, easy to comprehend manner that will entertain as well as educate. Sadly this title from Kingfisher fails as on a closer examination there are a great many problems.

My first major gripe is that the images take over and detract from the text boxes (that had they been highlighted in a separate colour would have helped them to stand out) which in the long run will take the reader a great many views to make their way through and can end up with them becoming lost amongst the towers of data quite easily.

Add to this the text feels too adult orientated (almost as if it was written for the Discovery Channel) which when added to the language felt that it was aimed at an older audience than the 8 year old market which whilst interesting for me, felt that it would end up relegated to the back of a shelf by any child who received it as they will quickly lose interest.

All, this book sadly falls flat on so many levels and I suspect that had I put it together I'd have taken the approach, of looking at a great many successful books like Horrible Histories (written by Terry Deary) or the entertaining writing of Mitchell Symons which keeps the interest as well as passing the information in a fun as well as educative way without coming across as condescending. Finally add to that some diseases mentioned within could give nightmares and it's a title that really should have been better planned.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 5 year old son and 7 year old daughter who both love it. I have read it to both children and my daughter has also spent hours pouring over it on her own. Fun and informative, at the right level and length for interested children at this age and older.
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HASH(0x923d4d38) out of 5 stars Fabulous historical perspective on diseases and germs 2 Nov. 2011
By J.H. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Richard Platt knows how to write books that will engage kids. I just bought this book for our school library, and it's going to be a crowd-pleaser, I'm sure. It contains an entertaining discussion of germs, what they look like under the microscope, and how disease spreads. Platt goes on to describe "history's worst offenders," including bubonic plague, leprosy, cholera, malaria, smallpox, influenza, ergotism (St. Anthony's Fire), and tuberculosis. Along the way, he discusses the history of germ theory, microbiology, immunization, diseases that kill crops and cause famine, and current diseases. The book also contains a helpful glossary and index. All of this is presented in a kid-friendly, comic-strewn way (with fabulous illustrations by John Kelly) that will keep kids reading from cover to cover. I highly recommend this book!
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HASH(0x927b767c) out of 5 stars Wash. Your. Hands. 18 July 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Wash your hands.
Wash your hands.
Wash your hands.

Outstanding book that gives pictorial reasons for that perennial advice: Wash your hands. Great for kids past the age of 10 or so, with not-too-gruesome descriptions of symptoms and death tolls. Really great information about microbiology and disease pathology, and illustrated with giant rats and mosquitoes and flies, fleas, and ticks. You really must read this book. It's real information disguised as fun gross-out.

Makes me want to move heaven and earth to get my family their smallpox vaccinations.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9260a5c4) out of 5 stars Sexual References 14 Feb. 2013
By Andrea M. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Loved the book! Didn't love how my 4th grader started reading to us at the dinner table (including his younger siblings) about how some diseases spread infection through sexual contact. But not touching or kissing so says the book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9262c810) out of 5 stars Love this book! 18 Dec. 2012
By Debra - Published on
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I started out with this offer reading Roman Diary and then bought every book he ever wrote. He is an amazing, amazing author. I can't get enough of his books! Each of the diary series is fantastic, and Plagues Pox and Pestilence is no exception. The text is engaging and realistic without being overly informative for small children. It gives a really great overview of the history of disease, what viruses and bacteria are and why they're important. The illustrations match the text beautifully and they are interesting and engaging. This is an incredible book. I was reading it to my daughter at my hairdressers and he said "Wow, I'm learning a lot!" Great book - buy everything this author has ever written - you won't regret it!
HASH(0x9254e348) out of 5 stars Good but mature 17 Feb. 2016
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Very good book for kids, but a little much. My son loves it, so 5 stars. But I did skip (just a little) about some of the plagues and death etc. I don't want to freak him tooooo much. He remembers very much about the diseases and history.
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