Alexandra Siy

writer & photographer

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Selectors' Choice
2006 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
Junior Library Guild Selection
2006 Science Books & Films/​Subaru Finalist
2006-07 Texas Bluebonnet Award

Mosquito Bite was inspired by the image that appears on the cover, an electron micrograph taken by Dennis Kunkel. The title came to me in a flash while looking at this picture of a mosquito posed on human skin. (Who hasnít been bitten by a mosquito?) A game of hide-and-seek emerged as the central story. (Who hasnít played hide-and-seek?)
Dennisís images were a beautiful and exciting way to introduce young readers to the hidden world of the mosquito. But how would I show the childrenís nighttime game of hide-and-seek? The answer came when I thought about the nature of the micrographs: they were colored to highlight microscopic structures. To reveal the contrasting macro world, I photographed the hide-and-seek game in black-and-white. These pictures have been enlarged to emphasize their "grainy" texture--and contrast with the sharpness of Dennis's extraordinary micrographs.

The microscopic world is revealed in color photomicrographs.

Title page. Black-and-white photographs reveal the macro world.

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