Books by Darlyne A. Murawski

FACE TO FACE WITH CATERPILLARS by Darlyne A. Murawski
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 2007

Some caterpillars spit poison, leave false appendages behind, bungee-jump to other branches or use camouflage to avoid their enemies. Spectacular, close-up views of caterpillars from around the world make intriguing reading and viewing in this addition to the Face to Face series. While some information of the butterfly life cycle is provided, the emphasis is on the larval, or caterpillar stage. As with other titles in the series, the author/photographer provides first-hand accounts of species, "tips from an expert," a glossary, brief facts, world distribution of species discussed, scientific names, further reading, websites and an index. Since many of the exotic caterpillars included are found in far-flung places, the title is more useful for inspiring awe than for the reader investigating nature in his backyard. (Nonfiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
SPIDERS AND THEIR WEBS by Darlyne A. Murawski
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Murawski's big, sharp photos of the original world-wide webs introduce children in a memorably close-up way to the hunting strategies of ten spiders, along with briefer notes on spider silk's other natural uses. Young readers won't quickly forget what they learn from the simple, frank text, either: the ogre-faced spider "bites its prey then spits up juices that ‘melt' the soft parts of the insect's body. The spider can hold its meal with its front legs and spin a new web with its hind legs—all at the same time!" The author also supplies common and scientific names, average size, and other basic facts for each example, then closes with lists of paper and online resources that are nicely tuned to the intended audience. Fascinating fare for budding naturalists. (Nonfiction. 8-10)Read full book review >
BUG FACES by Darlyne A. Murawski
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Going eyeball-to-eyeball with spiders, moths, cockroaches, flies, and a caterpillar's behind might not be to every reader's taste, but plenty of bug enthusiasts will enjoy leafing through this science picture book, which shows odd creatures dramatically enlarged and displayed against shrilly colored, glossy backgrounds. This first book by the author is not entirely successful, however. The text is a hodge-podge of odd facts about insect anatomy and the format is fussy. No sources, sizes, or even the scientific name of the insect are given. In many photos only a part of the insect is visible, making it a challenge to figure out what the whole creature looks like, or how big it really is. White text wiggles up the page, appears in bubbles, or shaped like the insect. They are not all bugs either: the author states, " . . . to most people, a bug is anything small that creeps, crawls or flies." A dozen bugs appeal, each with an enormous full-color photograph. Contrasting colors are used for backgrounds so the orange nursery-web spider is shown against a purple ground; red and black ladybug against green; and blue weevil against green and purple. Visually striking but short on substance. (Nonfiction. 8-10)Read full book review >