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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
"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."--BulletinSee all Editorial Reviews
This is a work worthy of the old Naturalist history. It is gorgeous and I love it but it is archaic in its focus on information.Published 7 months ago by Mom with Ph.D.
Pictures are very stunning. But text are the best of this book. We (me and my 6 y twin love every details about beetle in this book, very interesting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sopana T.
My daughter loves bugs. After checking this book out from the library a few times, I decided she just needed her own copy.Published 14 months ago by Pamela
My 5-year-old LOVES this book. He LOVES the artwork and all of the information about the beetles. We totally recommend this book if you have a little one interested in nature.Published 14 months ago by C. Ott
Nephew loved it and I thought it was well designed the art work was excellent.Published 14 months ago by Carlos Flores
Great Pictures - I'm saving this for my one day little one. Also it's pretty informative.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 6-year old grandsons refer to this book; one of them just wrote a report using this as the resource. Very good.Published 14 months ago by simmie annandale