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Bugged: How Insects Changed History Paperback – April 15, 2014

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5–8—The shock value alone makes this worth the cover price, but once kids are pulled in, they will learn more than they bargained for about the impact of insects on human history. Insects have determined the outcomes of wars and the paths of human migrations; they have brought plagues, provided strong fabrics, and sweetened our tea. Chapters are divided topically, beginning with the basics of insect life cycles, moving on to human hygiene and beneficial insects, and then covering "bad news bugs," before tackling history from the "earliest epidemics" to current concerns in the relationship between humans and insects. This is history for those with a strong constitution, who aren't bothered by phrases such as "cockroach brain tissue," "crawling with maggots," and "bursting buboes" or by the idea of receiving 9,000 insect bites in a minute. With a green-and-purple design, reminiscent of a beetle, and black-and-white photos and cartoon illustrations, this is an attractive package full of hand-washing inducing facts. Overall, this title is astonishing, disgusting, revolting, and ultimately fascinating, making it perfect for emerging entomologists, budding historians, reluctant readers, and gross-out junkies alike.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the author and illustrator of Poop Happened! (2010) comes a compendium of facts about insects and their role in shaping civilization. Malaria, yellow fever, typhus, and the plague have all played pivotal roles in history—halting colonization and travel, felling armies, and even bringing entire empires to their bubo-covered knees—and all of them are transmitted by bugs. Albee opens with the many ways insects are helpful to humans (as a source of food, in medical research), but those niceties belie the grossness that follows. Starting with evidence of insect-borne diseases in the Bible and ending with contemporary research and efforts to curb major epidemics, Albee follows a mostly chronological order, regularly interrupted by sidebars with fascinating facts about individual insects, scientists and policy makers, medical practices and discoveries, and infectious diseases. Thankfully, Leighton’s mostly cartoon illustrations mean the visuals aren’t scarily gross. Though there are a few missteps—a warning about eating bugs found in the yard should really come before the recipe for chocolate-covered crickets—this engrossing volume is jam-packed with enticingly gruesome world history. Grades 5-8. --Sarah Hunter
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 1150 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802734227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802734228
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fascinating page turner is sure to delight even the most reluctant middle-grade readers. Brimming with captivating, meticulously-researched information, it offers a humorous, punny, fast-paced overview of world history that highlights how diseases transmitted by humans influenced the outcome of wars, determined where civilizations developed, and shape the world we live in. Bugged: How Insects Changed the World is definitely one of my favorite books of the year.
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Interesting, funny, and deliciously gross, this book is a bug’s eye view of human history. I especially love the section titles like “Evil Weevil,” “Of Lice and Men,” and “Global Swarming.” What a great way to give kids a healthy dose of world history with some buggy facts on top. I can see this being a big hit with kids who like to be icked-out (i.e. boys).
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Sarah Albee has done it again. As in her previous book, Poop Happened!, she ingeniously takes us on a romp through the centuries, this time in the company of insects. Fascinating and wonderfully written, my nine-year-old nephew and I loved reading how these tiny terrors shaped history (even if we were creeped out a few times, we were creeped out in an interesting way)! Nothing dull here.
HIGHLY recommended.
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This book is fantastic! The kids won't put it down, and we keep it on the coffee table for guests to flip through. Do yourself a favor and pick it up today!
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A fascinating book for kids and grownups alike. The cover caught our kids' attention, but with all the clever sidebars and new twists on previously familiar historical events, my wife and I have had trouble putting this down. Bugged has captured the interest of everyone in the household.
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This is perfect for 9 year olds who delight in grossing out either their mom or younger sisters - which is why I bought it. The layout of the book is busy with all kinds of sidebars and footnotes and warnings not to read this thing or that because it might be disturbing. Of course what 9 year old worth their shorts is going to resist that kind of thing? I was disappointed that the book was not in color. Everything is done is a purple text and all the illustrations are that same purple. That's just me though. The 9 year old is hoping I'll buy the companion book, "Pooped" next.
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My grandson loved the book- was right at his level to understand - and for me - didn't talk down. Interesting book - to find out how the bugs affected people made my skin feel like I had creepy crawlies on me, lol. All in all, a very good book.
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Written for those of us young and older who are interested in seeing how culture, the times and science or lack of it can change history. Written in an interesting factual style with illustrations about the power of viruses, insects and environment over our lives - to save us or kill millions. Great gift .Good basis for conversation
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