Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

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Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

By Richard Platt; John Kelly (Illustrator)

Kingfisher, Hardcover, 9780753466872, 48pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2011

Description

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 and figures on the biggest and worst afflictions. Illustrated throughout with brilliantly entertaining artworks and endearing characters, you'll be entertained by a cabinet war room showing the war on germs, a rogues' gallery highlighting the worst offenders, the very deadliest diseases examined under the microscope and much more.



About the Author
Richard Platt is the author of more than fifty books for children. He is the author of "Eureka!" which was chosen as a 2004 Outstanding Science Trade Book by the CBC and NSTA.

John Kelly grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where his father\u2019s best friend was an engineer on the Chicago & North Western. John has been collecting railroad photos, timetables and dining car menus for 20 years and has a large collection. In addition, he has written on railroad history for Trains magazine, Trains.com, Vintage Rails and Passenger Train Journal, and has authored a half dozen photographic books on vintage trains. John lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he is employed by the Wisconsin Technical College system as a computer technician.


Praise For Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

Library Media ConnectionWith cartoonlike illustrations and photographs, this title provides a visually appealing introduction to infection and diseases. . . . Each two-page spread is supported by informative sidebars and other notes which are integrated with the artwork. . . . This title will be useful to both science and social studies classes and will demonstrate the changing nature of scientific understanding.  

From end pages featuring eyeballs to rat scientist Professor Ratticus and his insect guides, it is the cartoons that will attract kids to this book. Pithy chapter heads, a colorful, if busy, layout, and a smattering of sensational medical photos will also pique their interest.

-School Library Journal