Itch & Ooze

Gross Stuff on Your Skin

From the Series Gross Body Science

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Have an itch? Let’s zoom in for a closer look at what’s causing it. It could be one of many nasty things. How about bacteria poop? (It happens, and it stinks!) It might be a tiny critter that lives on people like a skin mite, louse, chigger, or other creature. It could be a rash . . . or even flesh-eating bacteria. Your skin is your biggest organ, and an important one at that. See all the nasty things that can go wrong – and right – on your skin, and learn about the skin’s amazing ability to protect you and heal itself. With close-up pictures and lots of disgusting facts, this book tells all about the gross science behind the skin you’re in.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Category Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.7
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051050, JNF024000
Dewey 616.5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 770
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 132271
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides


School Library Journal

“These titles work the ick factor to the max with their irreverent style and over-the-top look at body functions. Solid information layered between sarcastic comments and kid-friendly terminology like fart, poop, barf, and puke will keep readers engaged.” —School Library Journal

Author: Kristi Lew

Kristi Lew is the author of more than thirty science books for teachers and young people. Fascinated with science from a young age, she studied biochemistry and genetics in college. Before she started writing full-time, she worked in genetics laboratories for more than 10 years and taught high-school science. When she’s not writing, she enjoys sailing with her husband aboard their small sailboat, Proton. She writes, lives, and sails in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach Kristi and her two furry, feline office mates at As soon as she gets back from the beach, she’ll write you back.

Illustrator: Michael Slack

Michael Slack is an illustrator, artist, and primate enthusiast. His illustrations have been featured in books, magazines, posters, games, and many different size screens. He has perfected the "simian stance", and has been witnessed making monkey faces in the mirror. He hopes to some day shake hands with a chimp. Titles he has illustrated include: My Life as a Chicken by Ellen A. Kelley, Flim Flam Fairies by Alan Katz, Knuckle Heads by Joan Holub. His authored and illustrated titles are Ick the Game and the up coming Monkey Truck. Michael lives in Lafayette, California.

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Gross Body Science

Take readers on a guided tour of the human body’s grossest functions. Lighthearted text and irreverent illustrations pull readers in, while key science information about body systems and functions are revealed through clear explanations and fascinating photographs offering a… View available downloads →