I’m a Virus!

Crown. Mar. 2022. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780593302934.
PreS-Gr 3–A topical primer on viruses and how our bodies fight them, as narrated in the first person by a virus. The narrator seems nice enough, until it enters the nose and starts making a mess of things. Luckily white blood cells and antibodies are there to help the body fight back. This quick read is a great introduction to viruses, with several pages dedicated to information about the novel coronavirus. The illustrations provide easy-to-understand diagrams of cells, virions, antibodies, vaccines, and more. Also included are a glossary of terms, recommendations for further reading, and a bibliography. The host character has brown hair and light brown skin.
VERDICT Although a fictionalized treatment, this is recommended purchase for the pandemic and beyond—it’s first-class science served up accessibly.

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