Itch!: Everything You Didn't Want to Know about What Makes You Scratch

Anita Sanchez (Author) Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)


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.

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
March 13, 2018
7.2 X 0.5 X 9.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Anita Sanchez is fascinated by plants that no one loves. Her books include Leaflets Three: The Story of Poison Ivy and Karl, Get Out of the Garden! Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything.

Gilbert Ford's illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, toys, advertisements, and books, including Mr. Ferris and His Wheel.


"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