Illustrations by Emily Sutton
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: August 26, 2014
All around the world, in the sea, soil, air, and even your body, there live millions of tiny little things called microbes. They do all sorts of things like making yogurt to giving you a cold. If you could see them with your naked eye, you would see that they all look different and they are really good at making more of themselves.
This is an unusual topic for a picture book, one that if someone told me they were writing I would have answered with a...hmmm....interesting. However, in the right hands this is a fantastic topic done in a way that introduces very young readers to a complex scientific idea. Just like in If: A Mind-bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers, Davies makes the numbers manageable. This one could easily be slipped in with all the other fiction picture books and I don't think the kids will notice the difference.