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Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence by Richard Platt, illustrated by John Kelly is a comprehensive history of disease and pestilence, told from the point of view of the bugs and pests that cause them. The book features case histories of specific epidemics, ‘eyewitness' accounts from the rats, flies, ticks and creepy-crawlies who spread diseases, plus plenty of fascinating facts a ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Kingfisher (first published October 1st 2011)
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Cara Wilson
Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence by Richard Platt
Spring 2015

Nonfiction #6

GROSS! Who in their right mind wants to read a book about disease? THIS IS NOT MED SCHOOL! Richard Platt gives a look into the world of germs, viruses, and fungi. With funky pictures and a fun way to approach a heavy topic, this book does itself justice.

I find this book so well done that I can not even begin to tell you how much I want everyone to at least just pick it up. The book is a wonderfully done informational science
Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence is super fun and very informative. It's surprising how much information they fit on 48 pages. But the book never feels overloaded. The layout is similar to Eyewitness books with one main topic per page-spread with chunks/paragraphs of supplemental information spread across the page-spread. The book covers a few diseases in detail (plague, small pox, malaria) and glances over a few more. I would have been interested to see more about the diseases skimmed over, such as ...more
Come in and take a tour of the Pox Lab—if you dare!

This fascinating and humorous book describes the history of the world’s worst diseases and pandemics, including bubonic plague, leprosy, cholera, malaria, smallpox, influenza, tuberculosis, and more. The Pox Lab is staffed by some very interesting scientists and teachers…in fact, they are the very same pests that have spread the germs that cause these diseases. Meet Dr. Scratch (a flea) and Professor Ratticus (a rat, of course); their lab assist
Kay Mcgriff
The pests themselves lead you on a tour of some of the most gruesome diseases throughout human history. After reviewing the roles played by protists, bacteria, and viruses (in order of decreasing size) and their discovery with the invention of microscopes, they introduce some of the deadliest diseases known to humanity. Learn the symptoms (truly disgusting) and travels (far and wide) of bubonic plague, small pox, various strains of flu, HIV, yellow fever, typhus, leprosy, malaria, tuberculosis, ...more
Ms. Mielke's Class
Plagues, Pox and Pestilence is a weird/interesting book. It explores the wonderful world of diseases and how to protect yourself from extremely harmful to not so harmful. Also it teaches you the history of the diseases such as where it came from, how it spreads, how to protects yourself from the disease and where it has spread in the past. I recommend this interesting book to anyone who likes to read informational books about history and deadly disease and viruses. -MD
Kelsey Yates
Both my 7 year old and my 4 year old enjoy looking at this book. I don't understand why. Fascinating information.
Loved this informative book about diseases- it is a great addition to my human body collection for students' research.
This book chronicles the history, science, and geography of infectious diseases with fun graphics. Don't let this picture book style fool you. The text is middle school level and up content. You hear about diseases all through time, how scientists discovered ways to fight disease, how diseases have affected history.... It would make a worthy reference book for a home library.
Full of information and details that many adults will find interesting. Table of contents organizes the book well for children; the back includes "poxy words" (vocabulary) and an index. I found the section on the bubonic plague fascinating (and horrifying!).
This book uses colorful illustrations and thorough explanations to detail how disease is spread. Although the target audience would be ages 8-10 I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it quite interesting. Perfect read for budding young scientists!
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This was well done...lots of facts and information about Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence - Kids who like ick factor in what they are reading will love this non-fiction exploration of bacteria and viruses.
The Reading Countess
Highly informational and slightly gross informational quick read about plagues, bacteria, and scientists (mis)information. Kids are sure to love this one, especially boy readers.
Leigh Ann
Very interesting.
Lots of information--some of it kind of gross for a girl, but I imagine boys would like it. Humor and good writing make the book accessible and informative.
Dianne Schow
Very interesting non-fiction about diseases. Lots of short, interesting side bars with many great facts. Also, great illustrations.
what can i kid has a unique taste in books. this is a really fun, interesting book to read about diseases.
If you had to read a book about deadly contagion, then this book would be a good pick, especially for younger readers.
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Richard Platt is the author of more than sixty informative books for young readers, and he also writes for innovative multimedia projects. Some of his most popular works have been collaborations with illustrator Stephen Biesty on the "Cross-Sections" series. After a failed attempt to forge a career as a photographer, Platt discovered that he had a knack for writing. "I started writing abou
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