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The Beetle Book Hardcover – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 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: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


More About the Author

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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This is a beautifully illustrated book about many different varieties of beetles.
L. Owens
If you don't know much about beetles, you will after reading this book, regardless of your age.
Elaine Campbell
The illustrations are beautiful, and the book is full of interesting facts about beetles.
Ann S

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Family First on August 6, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on July 11, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Owens on January 10, 2014
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This is a beautifully illustrated book about many different varieties of beetles. All 3 grandsons, ages 3,4,& 7, loved the book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2012
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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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This fine, oversized book on beetles has no photos or background layouts and it's all the more effective for it. The artist's renditions of the bugs, usually drawn two to three times magnified, is smartly laid out and brightly colored so it's very pleasing to the eye. Children should greatly enjoy the wild and wonderful critters littered across these pages and because we're dealing with the weird and wild world of beetles these fascinating beasts don't need additional trappings to distract from their elegance and distinctions. The book does a great job in playing up the distinctiveness and variety found amidst beetlenalia, covering the basics like their physical components and how they eat and breathe to things that make them unique amongst their own kind such as defensive tactics, modes of travel, communications abilities and more. As you read through this (and there's enough text to make the points and highlight them and not a whole lot more) don't be surprised if you begin to wonder whether or not mankind has improved on some of our technology from inspiration provided by the little bug's vast and varied abilities.

There's a lot of different beetles that are covered and on each page that discovers specific ones there are little life-sized silhouettes of the beetles. This is doubly fascinating because the often fierce looking bugs look naturally and believably large on the page but when you see the life-size scale you wonder at how truly remarkable these small animal tanks are. Reading this book makes one understand why people collect these jewels of the animal kingdom.
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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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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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By Mx2 Mom on September 12, 2013
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The information is this book is fascinating, but the real reason to purchase it is for the illustrations. Each page contains a black life sized outline of the beetle, interesting facts about each species and a large color picture as well. It is perfect for a unit study on insects, for the backyard entomologist, or anyone who appreciates great illustration.
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