Germs Germs Everywhere!

book-germCindy: I’ve spent all of the holidays battling a nasty cold and it has negatively impacted my reading time. A few weeks ago after we wrote a blog post about a nonfiction book called Crust and Spray the publisher left a comment announcing a “draw a germ” contest. That contest has ended and Lynn and I were a couple of years too old to participate anyway, but I started doodling during a presentation I heard by James A. Owen who illustrates his own dragon series (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica) in addition to being a comic book artist. Here’s my entry in the Draw-a-Germ contest. My germ is smiling because she’s figured out how to read three books at one time! My hairdresser’s middle school son saw the drawing, rolled his eyes, and said: “You need to get a life.” Well, I could, if I could read three books at once! Think of the time I’d gain for other pursuits. My germ needs a name…bibliophagia? Other suggestions?

Lynn: Germs are a sore subject right now since my grandsons cheerfully shared a nasty cold germ with the whole family and we are all blowing our noses and coughing. I was hoping to avoid it but woke up the day after Christmas with that unmistakable feeling in my throat. I’m pretty sure that the shared germs look very much like the pictures the little boys drew. These are definitely not the benign helpful germs that Cindy envisions! I suspect that at least in my case, they have mutated to include a propensity for procrastination. They infect you and then put off making you sick until it is the worst possible time. That may explain why it has taken me so long to do all my chores – including writing this section of the post!

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About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1.' Carol Hinz says:

    Fantastic germ drawings! Cindy, I love bibliophagia, and other ideas are bibliobacter or bibliophilia. I do hope that you’ve all recovered from your encounters with real-life germs.

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