WHAT’S THAT BUG? by Nan Froman


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Age Range: 8 - 12
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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)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-316-29692-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2001


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