Cover image for The bacteria book / written by Steve Mould ; illustration, Mark Clifton, Molly Lattin, Bettina Myklebust Stovne.
The bacteria book / written by Steve Mould ; illustration, Mark Clifton, Molly Lattin, Bettina Myklebust Stovne.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : DK, Penguin Random House, 2018.
Physical Description:
72 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Offers an introduction to microbes, looking at bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa, archaea, and microscopic animals.


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579 MOU Book Junior Collection

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In this funny, fact-packed science book for kids, readers will discover the bacteria, viruses, and other germs and microbes that keep our bodies and our world running.

Meet a glowing squid, traveling fungus spores, and much more in this dynamic and engaging book all about bacteria, viruses, and other germs and microbes. The Bacteria Book walks the line between "ew, gross!" and "oh, cool!," exploring why we need bacteria and introducing readers to its microbial mates--viruses, fungi, algae, archaea, and protozoa.

The Bacteria Book is a fun and informative introduction to a STEM subject that brings kids up-close to the big world of tiny science. With remarkable photography, kooky character illustrations, and lots of fun facts, this book uses real-life examples of microbiology in action to show how tiny microbes affect us in big ways.

Author Notes

Steve Mould is a science expert and comedian with a physics degree from the University of Oxford. He has a YouTube channel with over 200,000 subscribers, and his videos regularly achieve hits in the hundreds of thousands. One of these videos (about "self-siphoning beads") went viral worldwide, gaining nearly 2 million hits and being mentioned in The New York Times and on the BBC. Scientists later discovered why the beads performed in the mysterious way they did and dubbed it "The Mould Effect." Steve also hosts a radio show on BBC Radio 4 and is part of the live comedy/science trio Festival of the Spoken Nerd. His first book for kids, How to Be a Scientist , is a 2018 ILA-CBC Children's Choices Reading List selection.

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Horn Book Review

This introduction to microorganisms is not just about bacteria but also viruses, fungi, algae, and protozoa; most are discussed in terms of their relationships to humans, from beneficial gut bacteria to dangerous viruses that cause us to get sick. Coverage is well organized with color-coded page borders. Illustrations include micro-photographs and comical anthropomorphized cartoons. A timeline of important discoveries is appended. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.