Poison Alert!: My Tips to Avoid Danger Zones at Home

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Millbrook Press (Tm)
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9.3 X 0.3 X 9.4 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Gina Bellisario is the author of fiction and nonfiction books for young readers (and the grown-ups who read to them). She lives with her husband and their twin young readers in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Holli Conger has provided illustrations for everything from greeting cards to children's books. She approaches each project with whimsy and creativity guaranteed to put a smile on any face. Holli lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


"Even the youngest readers can learn to develop habits that guard their health and safety. This series presents ways to discover the importance of these topics and how to take action. Within the context of a story placed in familiar settings, the text showcases the problem, provides good ideas for overcoming it, and finishes with a happy conclusion. Additional facts appear regularly throughout the text, and cartoon-style illustrations fill the pages. At the end of each story, a simple experiment reinforces one of the main points. This series would be ideal supplemental reading for lessons on health, fitness, and safety." --Library Media Connection


"Focusing on chemical hazards around the house and yard, this entry in the My Healthy Habits series presents a caped young narrator who styles himself Mighty Matthew keeping his little brother ('Mega Mouth') away from Grandma's medicine, the cleaning products that Mama uses, and other 'harmful substances.' Aside from an incorrect claim that lawn fertilizer is 'a type of herbicide, ' younger readers will find healthy doses of useful information about good practices, safe storage of potential poisons, and what to do in case of emergency--all delivered with melodramatic relish ('Toilet cleaner hides in the bathroom. Stand back, Mega Mouth!') rather than bland, forgettable cautions. Back matter includes print and web resources plus a recipe for a vinegar-based cleaning fluid."--Booklist


"These books present tips for children about how to develop healthy and safe habits. Each story is told from the perspective of a child who is dealing with a specific issue (a picky eater who realizes that he needs to eat more healthy foods, a girl giving her brother advice on staying safe) and shows how he or she learns more about it with the help of friends and family. Though the first-person narratives, which flow easily and contain clear, direct language, are not conventional nonfiction in format, they still convey useful information. Eye-catching full-color illustrations match the text and aid comprehension, while red text boxes emphasize important points. An engaging series that deals with everyday problems kids may face." --School Library Journal, Series Made Simple