Little Monsters: The Creatures that Live on Us and in Us

Little Monsters: The Creatures that Live on Us and in Us

The Creatures that Live on Us and in Us

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Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101517796
  • 128 Pages
  • Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • 8-12 years


Award winner Albert Marrin answers the question: “What’s eating you?” – literally

From nonfiction master Albert Marrin, here is the shocking story of the longest running war of all time: man versus parasite. From fleas, ticks, lice, and bedbugs to worms, mites, leeches, and maggots, Marrin explains what parasites are, how they invade our bodies, and their effects for good or ill. At their best, parasites have saved limbs and lives; at their worst, they’ve been responsible for the deaths of billions of people and altered the course of human history. With photographs and illustrations throughout, this exploration of the hidden world exposes the creatures responsible for making our skin crawl – since the beginning of time.


“There’s a definite ick factor at work, but even squeamish readers should appreciate the clear, balanced approach to exploring some of our more unpleasant cohabiters.”–Publishers Weekly

The impact of fleas, ticks, lice, bedbugs, worms, mites, leeches, and maggots is scientifically addressed. This is a balanced presentation of both the good and bad effects of these parasites, and the human efforts to combat the latter.”–Children’s Literature