The louse on the cover of Elise Gravel’s book is cute and friendly, but I can assure you from personal experience that head lice are not cute when you are picking them off your child’s head. Not cute at all. My feelings about that first awful little louse plucked from my child’s head were anything but friendly.
My thoughts went to laundry and combing and poison shampoos. It was more than a little overwhelming. As the louse in Gravel’s book says, “I might be small, but to your parents, I’m scarier than a lion.” So true. There are various ways to deal with those horrible parasites, but we chose to call in the professionals.
At the Minnesota Lice Lady office, a whole team of ladies walk freaked out parents through the whole lousy business with patience and kindness. They let us repeatedly ask for reassurance to their matter-of-fact statements. Are you sure we don’t have to wash the bedding and quarantine the stuffed animals? Are you sure we don’t have to comb every night for two weeks? You are really offering a 60 day guarantee? They did all the work, and we just watched and learned. We learned enough the know that Gravel’s book, while adorable, perpetuates the myth that lice live in the environment and can be spread through sharing hats or clothes. Check out the more Myths & Facts on the MN Lice Lady web site.
Now that I have had enough distance from the whole episode to think rationally about it, I can say that I highly recommend Minnesota Lice Lady if you ever find yourself in that unfortunate situation. I even recommend Head Lice by Elise Gravel (despite the misconception noted above) because after all we’ve been through with those terrible little bugs, it is kind of funny to think of them as cute and friendly. Gravel has a whole series of cute books about Disgusting Creatures that kids will probably love.
Note: This is not a sponsored post. I genuinely appreciated MN Lice Lady’s services. The book was a library book.