Bookmark Monday: Wash Your Hands!

I don’t know about you, but having to bring our kids to public restrooms sends me into stress overdrive –

the fact that a million other people use the toilet, the fact that a large percentage of that million don’t use the toilet potentially don’t use the toilet responsibly,

the fact that I have to manage two sets of curious eyes and hands querying the tiles on the walls, the toilet paper dispenser, the wastebin,  etc. while I try and wipe the suspect toilet seat and line it with tissues to the best of my ability before they sit on it,

and oh good grief…their need to balance themselves by putting their hands on the toilet seat!

Ask our kids and they will probably tell you they don’t get why mummy goes into raving “Don’t touch the …” naggy mode each time, and insists on scrubbing with soap afterward till their palms squeak.  But they’ve learnt to accept it, bless their little hearts. 😛

When we found “Germs! An Epic Tale on a Tiny Scale”, written by Martin Howard and illustrated by Colin Stimpson, we totally loved the book because after reading it, both DD and DS (well actually DD more than DS) remember my “Don’t touch anything!” liturgy a little more often.

Targeted at the 5-12 year old age group, Germs! is a laugh-out-loud, really rather irreverent but very highly relevant story about Sam, an unwilling germ soldier in Queen Bacteria’s Army who finds a welcome home in King Antibod’s Giant Protection Squad. And the importance of always washing one’s hands.

What I like about the book…

The bright lime green and lemon yellow cover illustration…and how it looks like a laundry detergent soap box design.

The hilarious battle rallies.

I don’t know but I’ve been told
The germs of Toy-o-let are bold…
We make bottoms go all runny
‘Cos for germs it’s really funny
One two three four, one two three four, one two three four…

The highly over dramatic battle scenes.

The soapy soppiness midway in the thick of the germ war.

And the corny, warm and happy ending with a public-service healthcare and personal hygiene message.

An entertaining read for the whole family to enjoy, let loose and have fun hamming it up with the drama and corniness…we did! 🙂

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