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Itch!: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch (Hardcover)

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By Anita Sanchez, Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
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Everybody gets itchy, and every kid will love this title that scratches the itch to know more and about the history, anatomy, botany, biology behind it. Perfect for fans of Grossology books looking for something more substantive and dynamic. 

You can feel it coming on—that terrible, tortuous ITCH. As irritating as an itch is, it is also your body’s way of sending you a message you can’t miss, like you’ve brushed up against poison ivy or lice have taken up residence in your hair. None of which you’d know without that telltale itch!

And there are so many things that make us itch—from fungus to fleas, mosquitoes to nettles, poison ivy to tarantulas! 

Combining history, anatomy, laugh-out-loud illustrations, and even tips to avoid—and soothe—the itch, Anita Sanchez and Gilbert Ford take readers on an intriguing (and sometimes disgusting) look into what makes you scratch.

About the Author

Anita Sanchez is the author of Leaflets Three: The Story of Poison Ivy, the middle-grade historical novel TheInvasion of Sandy Bay, Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion, and Karl, Get Out of the Garden!:Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything, a picture-book biography. Visit Anita online at

 Gilbert Ford is the illustrator of picture books such as Mr. Ferris and Wheel and Solider Song, as well as numerous covers for novels for young readers. His illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, toys, billboards and advertisements. Visit Gilbert online at 

Praise For…

"A fun, intriguing, and accessible mix of anatomy and history, with a healthy dose of gross."--Kirkus, STARRED review

"There’s much here to attract readers in search of the gross or unsettling."-School Library Journal

"Factual and surprisingly fun, here’s a very readable book about a common experience."--Booklist, STARRED review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544811010
ISBN-10: 0544811011
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 80
Language: English