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An Epic Tale on a Tiny Scale

Martin Howard

Illustrated by Colin Stimson

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843651857

Price: £ 5.99

Publication date: 24 March 2011

ISBN: 9781843651192

Price: £ 10.99

Publication date: 15 March 2010

Category: Picture Books

New in paperback!

Our story begins with the rumble of war as Sam, a young germ, is conscripted to fight in the Germ Army. Their ultimate goal? To attack the boy who comes into the bathroom each day and doesn’t wash his hands.  When the boy fails to wash his hands one day, they seize their opportunity to  attack, only to be met with the friendly Antibody Army. A great battle ensues, but which side is Sam really on? An hilarious look at the germs that live with us every day and their battle to take control of our bodies; with a message – BE SURE TO WASH YOUR HANDS!

  • An imaginative and action-packed story with a particularly relevant message for today – wash your
  • Stunning illustrations featuring hundreds of quirky characters 
  • A special 4 page gatefold fold-out shows the armies lined up for battle


Martin Howard produces laugh-out-loud books for both children and adults. For children he has written How to Cook Children: A Grisly Recipe Book (Pavilion 2008), the Witches at War! trilogy (Pavilion), and Germs: An Epic Tale on a Tiny Scale (Pavilion 2010) for younger children. His work for adults includes the popular Bad Dog’s Diary series (Portico) and One Grump or Two, under the pseudonym Arthur Grump (Portico 2008). Martin lives in the south of France with his wife and three children.