Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Anders Hanson, Elissa Mann
Publisher: ABDO Publishing
This bug-focused book begins by defining the word bug and giving a brief overview of the types of creatures that are classified as bugs. Readers will learn about the life cycle of bugs who go through metamorphosis and the strategies that bugs use to stay alive despite having many predators. The book goes on to explain some strange bug behaviors such as bees dancing and ants walking in a circle. The book ends on an interactive note, inviting readers to test their ability to recognize bugs up close and to answer questions about what they have just read.
This book is sure to delight kids who are interested in learning more about the world around them and the creatures that inhabit it. The vivid photographs of bugs often run off the page, almost creating a three-dimensional effect. The interactive nature of this book allows readers to become more engaged in the learning process by completing activities such as searching for camouflaged bugs and answering true/false questions. The large and brightly colored headings on each page make it immediately obvious what each section will highlight, which creates interest and allows readers to quickly focus on each new topic. In addition to learning to identify many types of bugs, readers will learn new bug-related terms such as bioluminescent and metamorphosis. This engaging and informational book would make a great addition to a school library or a child’s home collection.