BEHOLD THE BEAUTIFUL DUNG BEETLE by Cheryl Bardoe

BEHOLD THE BEAUTIFUL DUNG BEETLE

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Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Despite its slightly unsavory habits, this important beetle deserves a chance to shine.

Bardoe eases into discussing dung by mentioning that an animal, somewhere in the world this very second, is “lightening its load.” Beetles flock to one dung pat by the thousands, sometimes getting there a mere 15 seconds after it was dropped. There are three different types of dung beetles—dwellers, rollers and tunnelers—and as Bardoe nonchalantly describes, each “has a different way of enjoying the poop.” From rolling smooth balls of dung (and performing acrobatic moves to transport it) to getting into fights to catch the fancy of a mate, these tiny beetles are quite entertaining. Each double-page spread contains text in two fonts: The larger-type text is chatty and informative, while the smaller provides more detail. Both sets are immensely readable. Golden watercolor sunsets and vast open plains surround the text. Compelling close-ups show deep tunnels and every part of the beetle. The exalted tone of the title and cover illustration of a dung beetle in a triumphant, legs-to-the-heavens stance may seem a bit excessive at first. But no doubt by the end, readers will find it difficult not to join in the adulation.

An excrement—er, excellent—read. (appended facts, beetle diagram, glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: March 11th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-58089-554-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2014




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