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The Invisible World of Germs

Written by Isabel Thomas

Illustrated by Ana Seixas, Geraldine Sy

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The Invisible World of Germs Review

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Non-Fiction Science

This bright, accessible introduction to the secret world of germs will inform and inspire science-curious minds

Part of the Very Short Introductions for Curious Young Minds series, The Invisible World of Germs delivers fascinating information in engaging style. Kicking off with a clear explanation of what germs are, and an intriguing history, colourful cartoons introduce us to the different types of germ - bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses. At every stage, readers are armed with terminology through “Speak like a Scientist” features as we discover how germs are transmitted, our natural defences, and the future of germs.

Like all the books in the series, The Invisible World of Germs was written in consultation with an expert in the field, and presented in a cute, colourful, compact format that makes exploring the subject a rewarding breeze, with plenty of easy-to-digest infographics, photographs and fun dialogue boxes.

Joanne Owen

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You might also like The Secrets of the Universe, part of the Very Short Introductions for Curious Young Minds series.

Helen Freeman, Director, Oxford Children’s Dictionaries and Language Data at Oxford University Press says: ‘Children are so inquisitive about the world around them and often want to find out about complex topics, but the density of information and associated vocabulary can be a barrier to learning. We’re so excited about this series because these books will help make the complex clear, accessible and exciting to young learners.’

Created with a nod to Oxford University Press’s bestselling Very Short Introductions (VSI) series (now with more than 700 titles across a diverse range of topics and published in 51 languages, from Thai to Turkish and Icelandic to Indonesian).

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The Invisible World of Germs Synopsis

This title is part of the important new series from Oxford which provides accessible introductions to the ideas, facts, and vocabulary behind an absorbing range of subjects. Meticulously researched and authoritative but written in simple language by experts in their fields, curious young readers will quickly get to grips with the basic principles and terminology of each subject.

The Invisible World of Germs introduces, in a clear and interesting way, early theories about diseases and how they spread, what bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses are and how they behave. It also explores our natural defences and how we protect ourselves from the ever-changing threat of infection. The engaging design highlights the Heroes of the subject from early beginnings to modern day and explains tricky terminology in 'Speak like a Scientist' features. Comic strips and illustrations, amazing photographs, and a timeline, glossary and index, all make this handy-sized book the perfect way to learn.

If you love this title, why not collect them all?

The Invisible World of Germs is part of a collectible set which will build into a diverse range of subjects.

• Researched and written by experts in their field.

• Each title is an authoritative but accessible introduction to a big topic.

• Informed by OUP’s expertise in the way children use and relate to language.

• Each book uses clear explanations and age-appropriate vocabulary to help young learners grasp the basic principles of complex ideas.

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ISBN: 9780192779236
Publication date: 05/05/2022
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192779236
Publication date: 5th May 2022
Author: Isabel Thomas
Illustrator: Ana Seixas, Geraldine Sy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Non-Fiction, Science
Collections: 40 fantastic new STEM books that celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.,

About Isabel Thomas

Isabel Thomas is an award-winning science writer and children’s author. She has written more than 180 science books about science and nature for young audiences. Isabel has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Awards and won the AAAS Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books 2020. When she's not writing, you'll find her experimenting, inventing, drawing, exploring and wearing out her library card. Isabel read Human Sciences at Oxford University, before working in journalism and children's publishing. She lives in Cambridge, where she's zookeeper to three young sons and ...

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