Iris Has a Virus

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Iris Has a Virus

By Arlene Alda; Lisa Desimini (Illustrator)

Tundra Books (NY), Hardcover, 9780887768446, 24pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2008

Iris finds out that having a stomach virus is exhausting, especially when her brother, Doug, lets her know that she always gets sick at the wrong time. The sibling rivalry and misunderstanding of what germs are when they are called bugs unfold in this lighthearted story of Iris's ordinary illness and her unfounded concerns.
Arlene Alda's engaging prose, interspersed with rhyming couplets and complemented by the quirky, vibrant cut-paper collage illustrations of artist Lisa Desimini, make this book a must-have for any child who has ever had more than a runny nose.

About the Author
Arlene Alda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College, received a Fulbright Scholarship, and realized her dream of becoming a professional clarinetist, playing in the Houston Symphony under the baton of Leopold Stokowski. She switched careers when her children were young and became an award-winning photographer and author who has written nineteen books, including "Just Kids from the Bronx". She is the mother of three daughters and the grandmother of eight. She and her husband, actor Alan Alda, live in New York City and Long Island.

Desimini has created oil paintings as well as multimedia art for numerous children's books and adult book jackets.

Praise For Iris Has a Virus

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