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The Big Book Of Bugs Hardcover – August 1, 1999

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About the Author

Matthew Robertson has worked at the London Zoo's Ivertebrate Conservation Center (Insect House) for over twelve years, three of them as Head Keeper. He wrote the 65-part series called Bugs for DeAgostini, which has been translated for markets in Italy. Spain, Argentina, and Brazil. This book is based upon that series. He has written about bugs for more than 10 years and has travelled the world in search of evermore creepy crawlies.

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Why do bees make honey? How do spiders spin their webs? Which is the smartest bug? What's the most dangerous bug in the world? If questions like these keep you or your child up at night, this book on the creepy-crawly world of minibeasts is for you!

"The Big Book of Bugs" is loaded with all the facts, figures, and lore any kids (or kid-at-heart) could ever want to know about bugs. And it's fun!

This colorful, creatively illustrated volume, with in-depth explorations of bugs' habitats and habits, gives you access to the various and entertaining ways in which bugs and people affect each other's lives.

And it's all done in the most user-friendly way possible with:

Twenty 3-D illustrations paired together with the 3-D glasses located in a permanent pocket under this flap. Answers to all the most common (and uncommon) questions about bugs. Fact boxes about bugs Quizzes that test your bug knowledge. Dozens of animal-friendly activities and experiments that kids can do at home.

All this and more is presented in an imaginative and engaging way, for hours of engrossing (and gross!) fun.

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Tarantula - As big as a dinner plate and with eight eyes and eight bristly legs, the tarantula looks fearsome. But how scary is it?

There are many different kinds of tarantula, from different parts of the world. For most people, though, "tarantula" means one of the large, hairy spiders that come from North, Central and South America. Some of these live in dry, semi-desert areas, such as Arizona, USA, or in Mexico. Others are found in the jungles of South America. The best-known of these spiders is the Mexican red-kneed tarantula.

Big and Hairy - Tarantulas are big. The bodies of North American tarantulas can be longer than an adult's middle finger, and their leg span is as wide as an adult's hand. Their South American cousins are even bigger - legs included, they can be as big as this page.

Long-Lived -

Some tarantulas live for only a few months, others for up to 18 months, but tarantulas can live for as long as 25 years or more. In Mexico, one female tarantula was found that had lived for nearly 30 years.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 443 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941807339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941807333
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,399,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lots of pictures and information but poorly organized and incomplete. For instance, on page 141 there is a section entitiled "The Fastest Bug on Eight Legs"....but the article never tells you HOW fast the windscorpion can travel. There is no index or table of contents making the book extremely frustrating to use. I would not recommend it!
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By A Customer on June 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book thinking that it would be a great resource about insects and full of fun facts. It might be if one could actually find anything in it. It's 450 pages with no table of contents, no index...it doesn't even have chapters. If that weren't bad enough, there doesn't even seem to be any organization to how each topic is ordered. It is impossible to find anything without reading the entire book. It really is a shame because with the illustrations, 3D pictures, and interesting facts, it could have been a superior book.
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My eight year old son has been reading this book for the past year. He loves to browse through it and learn new facts. It is not really a reference book (not much organization) but great to browse through if you love all sorts of bugs!
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