Scritch Scratch by Miriam Moss

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A hilarious and informative picture book about head lice.

Miriam Moss and Delphine Durand tackle the uncomfortable issue of head lice in this straightforward and very silly picture book. Miss Calypso and her class become the unsuspecting hosts of a family of those pesky parasites, but fortunately, the principal knows how to handle them. In a surprise, romantic ending, the head lice end up being one of the best things to ever happen to Miss Calypso.

About Miriam Moss

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Moss is a former teacher and author of over forty children's nonfiction titles. She lives with her three young children DELPHINE DURAND was born in Dijon, France, but grew up in Senegal and La Puisaye before moving to Montpellier as a teenager. For the last twelve years, she has worked as an illustrator in Marseille. She studied art in Strasbourg and has won many awards for her celebrated art style and wonderful sense of humor. She lives in Paris, France.
Published February 1, 2002 by Orchard Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Making a brave effort to pair hilarity with head lice, Moss and Durand (The Snoops, 1998) follow a tiny six-legger “no bigger than a freckle,” as she (we know because she sports a pink bow) drops into a teacher’s frizzy head and proceeds to sing a happy tune—“Oh .

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Moss (previously teamed with Durand for The Snoops) includes plenty of solid information as well as loopier touches (as the louse lays eggs, it sings, "Watch the teacher scritch and scratch,/ When my creepy, crawly babies hatch").

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From there, of course, the hatched baby lice start jumping onto all the children's heads as the teacher scritch scratches until there is so much scritching and scratching that a letter has to be sent home asking parents to rid their children of the lice!

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