Book Review: Germ Fighters: A Battle Within

If you are around kids, the subject of germs is going to come up. It’s inevitable. Between reminding kids to wash their hands after trip to the restroom and telling them not to pick their noses, germs come up. We talk a lot about germs because germs can make you sick. For curious kids like my own, they aren’t satisfied with “germs can make you sick”. They want to know details.

That’s why I’m excited to share the Germ Fighters: A Battle Within book by Jen Conway. This exciting books takes kids underneath the skin after a child’s knee is scraped. With a nod to vintage superhero comics, we meet the “good guys” (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets) and we meet the “bad guys” (germs). Using supersonic glasses, we “dive” beneath the surface of the skin, under the Boo-Boo to see the battle unfolding. Germ Fighters clearly explains the role of each “good guy”. There is also little boxes on each page with more detailed scientific facts about germs, white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. This is fantastic for kids who want a little more information. It can also be easily skipped for younger readers who just want the story.

The illustrations in Germ Fighters are claymation! ┬áThis is a great way to clearly and effectively illustrate the individual jobs of the white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and even the germs. The illustrations shows the readers what happens when you correctly use medicine (aka the blue cape superheroes)for a boo-boo. We don’t see claymation often in picture books, but I loved that this was the art technique used for Germ Fighters. It made the story come to life!

My kids loved reading this book. It satisfied their “WHY?” Questions. They could easily identify the book characters.

In the back of the book, there are coloring sheets and a matching game for kids to play with for further interaction. There is also a record sheet for boo-boos, so you can write down when a child got hurt and how the boo-boo was taken care of. The end of the book includes a “Until next time!”, from one of the characters, so I hope that means author Jen Conway will be writing more fun, nonfiction books.

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