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Do Not Lick this Book

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,177 ratings  ·  334 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
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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
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
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.
What a truly clever way to introduce kids to germs.
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 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. ...more
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. ...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.
Jon Nakapalau
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great first book on microbes!
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
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
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 ...more
Rod Brown
May 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a horrible book to read during the COVID-19 pandemic! My wife and daughter were totally cringing as the book instructed you to touch the page then your teeth, your clothes, your belly button, and the book again with nary a mention of handwashing! Aside from the title, there is no discussion how the germs starring in the book -- E. coli and streptococcus -- can cause you to get sick.

No. Just no.
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.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was FANTASTIC. What a great way to teach about microbes :)
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.
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.
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!
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
Fun way to teach kids about bacteria. That close up of the skin was yucky though. Monarch 2020 nominee.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bravo! Well done!
Ashlee Tominey
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A perfect read for my germ factory kiddo. Introduces microbes and how easily they transfer and what destruction they can do. Extreme close ups of paper, fabric, teeth, and skin are super cool.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Interactive Picture-Books About Microbes
Idan Ben-Barak, the Australian author of Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World , ventures into the realm of children's books in this new fiction/non-fiction picture-book about the adventures of a tiny microbe named Min. With fun instructions for the reader, instructions which get them involved in the storytelling process, the narrative here follows Min from the book-page to the reader's teeth, then to the surface of a t-shirt, and finally a belly button. Along the way Min makes friends w ...more
Ewww...germs. Everywhere. Makes you stop and think...hope kids do, too.

After shelving books, I couldn’t wait to get home and wash my hands. Ewww.....
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is awesome! Super interactive book for little ones (probably around 4-7 yr olds), explains the science of microbes in a kid-friendly way with really cool photographs of what everyday things look like when they are zoomed in on a microscopic level.
A cool new picture book that introduces children to the concept of microbes and microscopy all in one go. There's kind of an interactive element, where you touch certain parts to pick up the microbes and take them with you, but it's not quite on the same level as other interactive picture books (but it is more accurate).

It would be good for approximately the same age range as I Am Josephine (And I Am a Living Thing)
Simple, but engaging, story with especially great illustrations including close up pictures of skin, teeth, paper, and a shirt. A great introduction for the preK crowd to the idea of germs and microbes that are too small for the eye to see. This is a great example of a nonfiction book that could be used in story time!
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..... ...more
Melissa McAlvey
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, kids
Clever look at germs
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I write science books, usually for children; they've been translated into over a dozen languages and won a couple of awards.
I live in Melbourne, Australia with my family. 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 job that has very little t

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