Books by Nan Froman

WHAT’S THAT BUG? by Nan Froman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

Super big bugs from nine of the twenty-eight most familiar orders are presented here in order of their antiquity from Odonata, the dragonfly, to Hymenotera, the ant. Tremendously large full-color drawings by Julian Mutlock, a scientific illustrator from the Royal Ontario Museum, will attract the browser. The 15-inch centerfold of the common housefly, with sticky feet, stabilizers, and hairy abdomen clearly displayed, will excite the admiration of many young viewers as will the ten-inch-long termite queen, with cucumber-sized abdomen. The detailed and intriguing text provides odd and interesting facts about many insects. For example, the click beetle has a flexible joint between the thorax and abdomen that makes it possible for it to flip itself over and the stabilizers on the abdomen of the housefly enable it to remain stable in flight while wings beat up to 200 times a second. Occasionally the text and illustrations seem at odds—for example, the text reads: the viceroy (butterfly) has . . . "a single row of white spots around the outside edges of their wings," but the drawing shows a double row. The title is better used for browsing than for identification since the scientific names, ranges, and sizes are rarely given. The author provides further reading and a brief index. Fun for browsing. (Nonfiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
INTO THE MUMMY'S TOMB by Nicholas Reeves
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

A brief but authoritative update on the archeological find of the century. In the same large format as Beattie's Buried in Ice (p. 392) and other ``Time Quest'' books, Egyptologist Reeves (The Complete Tutankhamun, 1990) describes the ``real-life discovery of Tutankhamun's treasures.'' The tale is oft-told, but the authors supply behind-the-scenes details: how the excavation became a media event; why Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon secretly visited the burial chamber the night before its official unsealing; the struggle for control over its contents—in fact, Reeves reveals, antiquities thought lost have turned up, hidden in Carnarvon's English castle, as recently as 1988, and he hints at more to come. Profusely illustrated with photos, maps, and paintings (particularly valuable are cutaway reconstructions showing the original disposition of major objects); sidebar essays; glossary; small, current bibliography. (Nonfiction. 11-15) Read full book review >