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*Starred Review* Through striking illustrations and intriguing information, this large-format book introduces the world of beetles. The text opens with the startling information that one quarter of every kind of plant and animal on Earth is a beetle. After an overview of body structure, sections are devoted to topics such as beetles’ senses, behaviors, life cycles, communications, and defenses. The fully illustrated format will appeal to a younger audience, but the book is better suited to children who are already familiar with words such as toxin or pupa. Well regarded for his collages of cut and torn papers, Jenkins is in top form in these illustrations, offering intricate, precise images of beetles isolated on broad white pages. The pictures combine clarity of form with subtlety of texture and color. A typical double-page spread features several large-scale individual pictures with small-type paragraphs of information appearing alongside them. At the bottom of some pages, black silhouettes show the actual sizes of beetles pictured above. While the book lacks such traditional back matter as a glossary, source notes, and bibliographies, it includes a list of each species mentioned, its Latin name, and its locale. A richly varied and visually riveting introduction to beetles, both familiar and strange. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan

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"Jenkins' splendid array of beetles will surely produce at least one budding coleopterist...distinguished both as natural history and work of art"--Kirkus, starred review

"Jenkins brings his signature style to the world of beetles...As always, the design of the book is exemplary."--Horn Book

"A richly varied and visually riveting introduction to beetles, both familiar and strange."--Booklist, starred review

"Jenkins's enthusiasm for his subject shines through in this rich and varied compendium."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Jenkins offers a wealth of information about beetles and presents it impeccably."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The combination of sophisticated look and highly visual approach makes this accessible to a wide audience, and this is one that'll certainly be picked up immediately if left strategically on a library table."--Bulletin

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547680848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547680842
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated thirty picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children. To learn more about Steve and his books, visit www.stevejenkinsbooks.com.

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IF you have a child(ren) interested in insects, then you definitely need to check out THE BEETLE BOOK.

Bright and colorful, Steve Jenkins has pulled together a great science book that gives all sorts of facts about beetles in a manner that's entertaining, and not overwhelming.

Jenkins uses illustrations in this book instead of photos. And most of the images of the huge variety of beetles that he introduces the reader to, are double in size.

Jenkins displays the various shapes and colors that beetles can have.
He also talks about their numbers, their body parts, their many abilities --like waging chemical warfare-- and facts about their senses, mating habits and more.

Truly there's a great deal of easily digested information in this book.

Overall I really like it. It's great edu-tainment and would be good for a classroom situation because the drawing are large.

Those that are looking for photos will have to look elsewhere. And I actually understand why Jenkins didn't go that route. There are so many beetles that in fact, seeing many of them 'in a photo', doesn't really help identify them. And as the book stands now, the artwork is exceedingly attractive and keeps the reader turning pages to see what's next.

The biggest drawback in my mind, is that the book is written at nearly the 6th grade level.

Pam T~
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We loved this book! My children are 5 and 7 (boy and girl) and the drawings of beetles are beautiful and interesting. They enjoyed identifying the names and looking at the differences. I would recommend this book for any home library or educator teaching about beetles.
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I purchased this book for my six year old grandson - he loved it, especially the pictures of all the different beetles.
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I appreciate that the illustration of bugs are hand painted works in stead of photographs. Inspiring for kids of going outside and looking for there beautiful creatures, then create your own art work of drawing them.
The book arrived in great condition.
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I gave this as a gift to my nephew's son, but everyone enjoyed reading it before we wrapped it! Amazing drawings, colors, and facts.
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a perfect gift for my Nephew who is into bugs and is a junior explores. I bought this along with a giant taxidermy beetle in a glass frame for his christmas gift.
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The illustrations are great. I bought the book for inspiration for my jewelry. I'm sure kids would like it too!
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I bought this for my 7 year old nephew, he has been in love with bugs since he was born. I wanted something not only with great imaging, but with details and descriptions. Its perfect. He can't read yet, but this way, when he can he will still love the book!
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