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A Beetle Is Shy Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—The author/illustrator pair have created yet another colorful and intricate work. The combination of Aston's soft text and Long's watercolors provide readers with an enjoyable insight into the world of beetles. Text presented in a sweeping cursive font introduces a general statement about beetles ("A beetle is telegraphic"), while text rendered in a smaller, nonscript font expands on this trait or ability ("Most beetles send messages to each other using chemicals called pheromones…. Others 'talk' to each other with squeaky, raspy sounds…"). Several illustrations depict the beetle species in their natural environments (a boll weevil munching on a plant), while others juxtapose everyday items with the insect to give a sense of size perspective (the North American featherwing beetle and the eye of a needle). Each species is labeled, and the endpapers feature an illustrated free-form list of all the beetles pictured. The only thing that could make this book better would be a glossary of the beetles with additional information for the curious child. VERDICT Children and adults will love this beautiful and fascinating book.—Gretchen Crowley, Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA
"A sparkling homage to a diverse category of insect."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This delightful book promotes a sense of wonder about a group of little creatures with whom we share this Earth."--Science Magazine
"Children and adults will love this beautiful and fascinating book."-School Library Journal
Top customer reviews
I never knew beetles could swim, or could communicate, or that there are prehistoric. Well, now I know!
This is one fascinating book. Tons of interesting bits of information that will amaze readers. This is a very informative book, in a fun way.
Of course, A BEETLE IS SHY is full of absolutely beautiful illustrations! Every page is filled with stunning artwork. My favorite illustration is the huge illustration of the "Spotted Tortoise Beetle."
Kids will be lost in this book for hours at a time. A BETTLE IS SHY is flat out a FUN book.
Sample Beetle for impartial review. However, the publisher neglected to send me some Beetle Larvae soup!
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