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MOSQUITO BITE by Alexandra Siy


by Alexandra Siy & illustrated by Dennis Kunkel

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: July 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-57091-591-1
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Here children will get an engrossing glimpse of a smaller—much smaller—world that co-exists alongside their familiar one, as the authors commingle black-and-white photos of children at play around a water-filled old tire, with digitally colored micrographs of a female mosquito hatching, reaching adulthood and seeking out the blood meal that will allow her to reproduce. Posed against black backgrounds that really bring out the color and detail, Kunkel’s ultra-close-ups of bristly insect wings and heads, of diatoms, dead skin and red blood cells, make irresistible eye candy—rendered even more fascinating by Siy’s clear, specific descriptions and explanations. Some of the black-on-black-and-white captions are hard to discern, but, backed up by additional detail about mosquitoes and about microphotography both, plus a multimedia resource list, this makes an illuminating alternative to Bobbie Kalman’s less visually compelling Life Cycle of a Mosquito (2004). (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-10)