on November 14, 2002
Predator insects star in the Eyewitness Reader Book, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Jennifer Dussling. Following in the style of other Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness books, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! overflows with clear, eye-catching, color photographs. The cover photograph may attract reluctant readers with its graphic photograph detailing a preying mantis chomping its teeth into a captured fly. Readers enter a world of extremely magnified, floating insect photographs on white backgrounds. The images depict insects attacking each other or standing alone.
Accompanying text discusses the insect pictured in the stilted, easy language of a level two reader. Plainly labeled as a level two book, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! fits into the popular genre of Reading Level Books. Although the author has extensive writing experience with leveled readers, the subject of the text jumps from page to page without good transitions and creates a hard-to-follow jumble of words-which potentially creates a difficult reading environment for the intended reading audience of children just beginning to read alone. Informational boxes scattered throughout the pages add additional tidbits on insect behavior-also adding additional confusion. Due to the discordant text, the book would be better used as a picture book where children read a caption here and there.
As a leveled reader, the book includes a note for parents which explains the leveled reader system and recommends the book for children just beginning to read (between ages 3-8). As an eyewitness reader, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! follows the leveled reader guidelines for level two: approximately 700 words; 70% pictures and 30% text. Sure to be popular due to the graphic cover and leveled reader status, the book would be a satisfactory addition to larger collections but should be skipped for smaller collections since better leveled readers already exist.
on July 12, 2014
I am a person who does not really like bugs and insects but my daughter is a big fan of them. This book is hers but I read it for her.
Great little book with great photos and some interesting new information about bugs. She loves it, I don't :o) but at least it is a small book, so photos are not as big as an elephant.
I would buy it again!
on July 20, 2008
They're simply written non-fiction books. Most non-fiction books are written for older kids, or for younger kids only as read-alouds. A series of *factual* books that early readers can read to themselves?
Not every kid wants fairies and talking dinosaurs all the time. Sometimes, they really just want plain facts.
I really like these books.
I do have one minor problem with them, and that is that the text is really not laid out in the best way for this stage of reader. It can be a little distracting, jumping from section to section, and the text-boxes aren't any help - the information they contain should really be integrated into the main text instead.
on February 16, 2013
I got this for my 6 year old daughter. It is at a good level for her to read, and she loves reading about bugs. Not only is it at a good level of reading for her, it is also very informative about bugs. She likes this book and giggles about the fact that it is about bugs. I like the fact that she can practice her reading while learning about bugs. It is not boring learning, it is really designed to be enjoyed by kids.
on December 10, 2010
When buying animal photo books for my 3-year-old son, it's really important that there are varied images, and the images are of good quality. I don't know if this is the best insect book (probably not), but it's a really good one. I would definitely recommend. There are a lot of nice close-ups and a lot of different insects. My son loves this one.