Product Details
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4 to 8
P to 3
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-303-0
Full-color illustrations
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About the Book


Serafleana loves to jump, and when her family joins the traveling acrobatic troupe the Fleatastics, she dreams of having her own act. But her family wants her to be part of their parasite pyramid, and nobody gives small Serafleana the chance to show how high she can soar. But on the first day that Serafleana’s family performs, someone in the audience says the forbidden “T” word—treat, which no dog can sleep through! When their host dog goes wild, Serafleana finally gets the chance to prove what she can do, saving her flea community and earning her own spot in the show at the same time. The art for this tale of a determined flea includes a multitude of subplots and dialog to follow, making this the sort of book that children will want to read over and over again.


“Desimini’s frolicking microscopic world of fleas is a realm within a realm…Amid the plot about perseverance, (she) sprinkles in the flea family’s running commentaries. The engaging, brightly colored scenes filled with comical asides should be a great storytime read for high-energy kids.” Booklist  

“Desimini's…universe of fleas delights with boundless imagination and pockets of hilarious flea dialogue, vivaciously depicted.” Kirkus Reviews  

“This story is simple, pleasant, and suited for young children.” School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Lisa Desimini

Lisa Desimini is an award-winning illustrator of over thirty books for children and the author-illustrator of eight books, including My House, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Dot the Fire Dog. Lisa and her husband live in Topanga, California. Visit

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