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Do Not Lick this Book

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before—like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt. The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Allen Unwin (first published 2017)
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neo and I learned so much about microbes in this book, particularly where they are located and how easily they can be transferred from place to place. With some fascinating extreme close-ups, we were able to see the surface of teeth, fabric, skin, and book pages, all of which contain millions of microbes. Neo was especially interested (and grossed out) to see his teeth and skin up close. As the title of the book suggests, it is likely not a good idea to lick the book, or any surface, for you nev ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
While studying to become a Librarian I met a lovely man with dreams of working in libraries who, unknown to me, had been working away as an author for years, filling the shelves of the institutions he hoped to work for.

That man (and author) is Idan Ben-Barak, writer of The Invisible Kingdom and Why Aren't Are dead Yet? two very interesting and funny pop-science books on microbes and the immune system respectively. While these titles are for adults Ben-Berak has recently turned his substantial sk
What a truly clever way to introduce kids to germs.
Jos M
Really strong explanation of microbes for very young audience. Funny and engaging text with enjoyable illustrations, it helps to demystify science in a fun and engaging way.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being a microbe nerd, I would’ve loved to see more details on the microbes themselves; otherwise, pretty flawless. :)
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I was going to do 4 stars because I usually reserve my 5 stars on picture books for the ones both I and the children would want to reread, I don't necessarily think this one is a rereader...could be wrong I could see kids sitting and looking through it again, but as I sat down to write the review, the little thing they added on the back just made me shake my head and say, nope, it deserves 5 stars for cleverness. We even read the author/illustrators bios....I guess that means a book's excell ...more
Really fun. I can see Pre-3rd liking this book. The older kids will love the close up pictures and the younger kids will enjoy the interactive parts.
Lindley Walter-smith
Amazing pictures, funny story, and you wouldn't believe how much easier it is to get our kid to wash his hands and brush his teeth now.
Christina Carter
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-excursion
Note: Review of Advance Reader’s Edition | Book Releases 6/2018

WARNING...Do not lick this book: It’s full of germs. Well, the title effectively grossed me out, so I therefore know that my students will love this book. In it, they will learn about microbes. They will get to experience cavities, dead skin, a dirty shirt and the like, completely zoomed in to the tiniest fibers. It is at once incredibly cool and icky. I never really thought of myself as a germaphobe but this book certainly took me t
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cool book. But if you check it out from the library do not follow the directions. Because that would spread even more germs.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was FANTASTIC. What a great way to teach about microbes :)
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gave me the heebie jeebies! I love the fact that it makes kids (and me) aware of germs on your teeth and things, and it's got really cute illustrations (which I learned were drawn by the Dumb Ways to Die guy. Which is still one of my favorite things. Lol) I also loved the little touch of "hey if you're gonna lick this book, lick it here!" Since I read this book back in the discharge are of my library, I uh, wiped that part down with a lysol wipe. Lol
Emma (Miss Print)
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Informative but revolting. I can see kids--especially those with an early interest in science--digging this book but as a germophobe myself I just want to go wash my hands and everything I own. Interesting structure though--sort of an older interpretation of Herve Tullet's interactive books.
Amy Lerner
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost is the best book yet for teaching little ones what germs are. #OneSentenceBookReview
Sharlene Evans
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-students
An awesome read aloud with interactive germ filled experiences! Loved reading to students from preschool to year 4 (so far lol) .... have also shared with many teachers!
Hebe Way
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is SUCH a clever, yet simple little book that educates children about microbes. Even from the title it has you giggling and guessing... With its fun characters (who each represent a different microbe), its colourful pages, the fascinating photographs and its quirky approach, it takes you on an interactive adventure, which I couldn't help but join in with! It's endearing and informative all at the same time and this book will definitely get children loving science and asking lots of question ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
If you have a kid touch the book and then put their finger in their mouth, doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of this book?
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great way to teach kids about germs.
Melissa McAlvey
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, picture-books
Clever look at germs
Maria McLaughlin
Fun and interactive picture book about microorganisms and germs. Would be great for an school story-time on health literacy.
Nov 30, 2018 added it
Shelves: picture-books
Very funny book about microbes with extreme close-ups of real objects: fabric, teeth, etc.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jnf-500
Great way to introduce young children to microbes.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun and interactive book about germs. It also includes microscope pictures of everyday objects. Great to introduce the concept of germs to younger children.
Michelle Gray
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
This book was really cool! It had really cool photos and a nice story that introduces the different bacteria to children in a very accessible way.
Raven Black
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just glad they didn't tell you to touch your teeth after your belly button....though the thought of touching my mouth after touching a book? Eh.....Though probably we've all done it without thinking.....
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun picture book introduction to germs. This lively overview is both entertaining and informative. A great place to begin an elementary science unit on germs.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book introducing microbes to youngsters - amazing images and cartoons.
We have read it to Mr 3 so many times, in fact the first time we read it he asked for it 5 times over. Loved it.
Dimity Powell
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit
Loved it! Classic example of interactive postmodern picture book that puts the fun back into dirt and microbes. Every home should have one.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My signed copy has my personal exemption from the no licking rule books rule, signed by the illustrator, witnessed by the author
Marissa Elera
This is a delightful, interactive take on a non-fiction title! I so enjoy Min and her friends adventure in germ theory and the interesting insight on germs in everyday settings and objects. This book is so fun, children will likely not even realize how much they are really learning. This packs the appeal of a Herve Tullet book with the appeal of graphic novels, Pixar, and Inside Out all in one fantastic little book.
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So far I’ve written three books; they’ve been translated into over a dozen languages and won a couple of awards.
I live in a smallish apartment in Melbourne, Australia with my wife and our two boys. Sometimes, after they go to bed, I grab my guitar and make up harmless little tunes.
I have degrees in microbiology and in the history and philosophy of science, a diploma in library studies, and a day