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Bomby the Bombardier Beetle Paperback – August 1, 1991


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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Creation Research (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932766137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932766137
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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87 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on September 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Just a reformulation of the infamous Institute for Creation Research argument that the bombardier beetle is an ultimate example that all creatures were created by a god. Aimed at children (and simpletons), it parades its story behind inaccurate biological information, anecdotal evidence, and the traditional method of not asking too many questions ("Where did I come from? I won't ask. I will keep still and listen and listen." Page 14). Read the glossary for more strangeness.
On a side note, much more entertaining than just reading this book is the collection of reviews in the latest issue (Vol.6,#5) of the Annals of Improbable Research. They give a great series of reviews (although a bit silly) that frame the book appropriately. But they must be read with the book in-hand, or the impact is lost. If it weren't for these reviews, I wouldn't have bought the book.
I'd recommend the book to anyone amused by creationism, outraged by modern evolutionary theories, or parents who want to teach their children how to ask if a source is a valid and qualified source.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By T. Helms on January 1, 2007
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A poor attempt at a creationist argument. It argues that the Bombardier Beetle's unique defensive mechanism could only arise by "intelligent design". Here, I quote from Wikipedia:

"However, researchers have shown that creationist claims were based on a misreading of research and that the chemical weapon involves minor alterations from systems in other, less noxious beetles. This lends weight to the idea that this beetle has diverged from other species as a product of evolution by natural selection."

Nuff said.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Robertson on August 27, 2007
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Like another reviewer said, this s a good book forthose who like to laugh at Creationists. That is exactly the reason I ordered it.

If you want a story with a crisis and a resolution, however, you won't find it here. This book recounts the words of wisdom which a fine young beetle receives from his father and his great-great-grandfather. These words of wisdom consist of scientific facts mixed in with the ICR party line.

In order to avoid offending either old earth creationists or young earth creationists, the child is told that the Creation took place "thousands of years ago." However, apparently enough of the intended readers believe in the dinosaur-dragon equation to merit a pasing mention of this notionon pages 31-32.

Someone has criticized this book for its anthropomorphic cartoon drawings of the beetles. That may be a good point, but in fairness, let me point out that there aren't really any magic school buses either. (Somehow, I feel safe in saying that the producers of The Magic School Bus are Evolutionists.)

For anyone interested in an Evolutionist rebuttal to this book, look on pages 66-67 of [b]The Counter-Creationism Handbook[/b] (0520249267).
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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2004
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This book is devastatingly inaccurate. It is not a book worth reading to our kids in this time and age. It does not tell much about evolution but mostly about creationism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on May 27, 2014
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The bombardier beetle is a curious insect which has become something of a creationist icon. The reason is its explosive defence mechanism, which creationists argue can't be the result of chance or gradual evolution. "Bomby the Bombardier Beetle" is intended for children, and is published by the Institute for Creation Research (ICR).

I'm not a creationist, nor do I believe in talking beetles, but my main objection to this book is that it's incredibly bad even on its own turf. It's extremely confusing, there's no plot, and the religious message seems to have been largely forgotten (although Bomby does learn that God created bombardier beetles "thousands of years ago").

As another reviewer pointed out, the glossary is pretty strange, too. Thus, we learn that "stories" mean "more than one story", and that a "tiger" is a "large fierce cat". "Munching", apparently, means "chew with vigor". Indeed, the author seems obsessed with beetles chewing. I sometimes got the impression that Bomby and his father aren't doing much else besides in this story! The cover is different, too.

Only one star for Bomby, Father and Grandfather Bomb...
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21 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ted Sbardella on September 2, 2008
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Imagine a world in which there is a creator being who makes things for fun and profit- the perfect introduction to the world of science fiction. A creator being who makes things that shoot chemicals out of its butt. What could be more interesting to a 7 year old boy. Bionicles that is what!, butt! Religion poisons everything including this beetle and the children who will be forced by their parents to read these fantasies and lies.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott E. Lane on May 9, 2013
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This is a good one and that is rare in the field of children's creation books. It's understandable, readable kids and has a story that hooks them!
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27 of 49 people found the following review helpful By "ayanamir" on December 14, 2000
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Laugh while you can, monkey-boy.
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