Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Extraordinary Insects by Matt Turner, and Santiago Calle


Did you know that there are around ten quintillion insects alive at any one time? And all of these insects have some pretty extraordinary skills! Get up close and personal with these insects, and you'll discover that a cockroach can live for weeks without its head, an antlion will suck out the insides of its prey, and a giant weta weighs more than a mouse. Read this book to learn more about the ant armies, leaf insects, tower-building termites, and flashing fireflies that have taken over your backyard!

File this one under your "high interest" titles. This is one of those books that has you reading bits out loud to the people around you ("Did you know that if a bulldog ant is cut in two, its head will try to bite its abdomen, and its abdomen will try to sting the head?") and showing off the illustrations:

That is NOT what my praying mantises look like!

Fortunately, this isn't one of those high-interest-low-IQ books that focus on the sensational while provided little actual substance. Whether you like bugs or not, you will learn enough to make your head swim by the final page. While the print is a bit small, the format should be appealing to reluctant readers - chunks of text mixed in with occasional graphic art, colorful close-up photographs, and plentiful pull-out factoids.

This is part of the 'Crazy Creepy Crawlers' series from Hungry Tomato, a division of Lerner. Other titles include Deadly Spiders, Flying Creepy Crawlers, and Tiny Creepy Crawlers. This title was sent to me for review, but we will definitely be purchasing the rest!

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