A perfect springtime accompaniment to actual bugs, Insectlopedia swarms, buzzes, and slithers with poetry and paint. Douglas Florian, creator of the award-winning Beast Feast, On the Wing, and In the Swim, has succeeded again, this time with a delightful infestation of 21 spider and insect poems and paintings, awash in watercolor and collage on primed brown paper bags.
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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The silly, imaginative verses about whirligig beetles and waterbugs (almost) match the exquisite pictures in playfulness and wit. The result is downright stunning," said PW. Ages 5-8.
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The rhythms of Florian's poems are amazing. Children are mesmerized. Especially recommend "Daddy Longlegs." Big fan of his artwork too. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Emily Jackson
Excellent book! My girls love it and it is fun way to envision and learn about insects! Highly recommend it!Published 7 months ago by EERA
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 11 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 16 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 21 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 on January 6, 2013 by Skyfemme11