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The Big Book of Bugs Hardcover – April 18, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Whimsically illustrated bugs with big eyes crawl, fly, dig, and swoop across the pages in great detail. The endpapers feature departing bees, and the title page challenges readers to find a blue fly 15 times. Beginning with a simple definition of what makes a bug a bug ("a particular kind of insect with sharp mouthparts to stab and suck up food"), the work goes on to use bold heading questions to introduce a relevant concept or quality (the question "Are all bugs the same?" prompts a look at the physical characteristics of snails, spiders, centipedes and millipedes, and worms). In most sections, kids are asked to spot a certain bug—encouraging them to develop their concentration skills. A "Did You Find" section provides the answers to the previous searches. There is a "Bug Words" page that defines specific terms in short sentences (for instance, "A bug smells and feels with feelers called antennae"). It should be taken into consideration that the book has a large trim size, which might make shelving difficult. VERDICT Reminiscent of Scholastic's "I Spy" series, this is an interactive book that will engage and entertain readers while they learn a few basic bug facts.—Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Library, WA
“This giant, splendidly illustrated book of bugs will have children reaching for a magnifying glass instead of that fly swatter. Bugs have never looked better than in Zommer's colorful, often comical little portraits and glorious natural backdrops, from gardens to ponds. Each artfully composed, oversized spread teems with life and mini-bug dramas, and the brief text is fun and accessible. By the end, two-legged whippersnappers will be convinced that bugs are not only intriguing and marvelous, but useful and deserving of respect.”
- Shelf Awareness
“An eye-catching and engaging introduction to bugs… . Individual bug groups (ants, dragonflies, bees, praying mantis, etc.) are shown on beautifully illustrated double-paged spreads buzzing with activity and awash with watercolor hues. Zommer’s detailed illustrations and seek-and-find feature will keep young readers enrapt, as they absorb entomological basics from the approachable, factoid-rich text.”
“A handsome introduction to tiny, oft-overlooked creatures… Seek-and-find prompts invite eagle-eyed readers to identify bugs either by appearance or behavior. Most spreads are devoted to specific creatures; later pages explore how bugs grow, where they can be found, and some of the ecological roles they play.”
- Publishers Weekly
“An interactive book that will engage and entertain readers while they learn a few basic bug facts… Whimsically illustrated bugs with big eyes crawl, fly, dig, and swoop across the pages in great detail.”
- School Library Journal
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