Well-loved for his clever wordplay (complete with endearingly shameless visual and verbal puns), Florian manages to seamlessly blend science with pure whimsy. Take "The Praying Mantis," for example: "Upon a twig/I sit and pray/For something big/To wend my way;/A caterpillar,/Moth,/or bee--/I swallow them/Religiously." His rhythmic chant "The Weevils" begins, "We are weevils./We are evil./We've aggrieved/Since time primeval." Add a few inchworms, moths, and whirligig beetles, and you have the blisteringly funny, stingingly clever Insectlopedia, the perfect book for emerging entomologists and budding poets alike. (All ages)
Great Poems to read to my five year old, instead of the "normal" books. If you are running late on the bedtime, (which I do sometimes) this is a great "go to"... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aundrea Kerr
If I could have given this book more than 5 stars I would have done so! We're starting a unit on poetry in my Second Grade class and I bought this book on a whim. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Doug Florian is a great poet for kids. All of these poems are about insects. My kids love the pictures.Published 11 months ago by Gabriel D Seiden
Douglas Florian is awesome for poetry that kids 'get'. They are fun to read. Fun to look at.
I recommend all of his poetry books.
I thought I was getting an insect encyclopedia, but it was actually a paperback book of poems about insects. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Skyfemme11
Insectopedia is a delight! I found myself reading these poems aloud to my class during silent reading time. They thought the poems were funny too. Read morePublished on October 16, 2007 by Lynn Ellingwood