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A Beetle Is Shy Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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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
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As per usual for the Aston/Long books, this one is beautifully illustrated.Read more
Author Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long show us the world of beetles and many cool facts that this book was hard to...Read more