Such a cool book! You and your bug-loving kiddos could spend hours paging through the fantastic illustrations (and you might just learn something from all the facts too) and shouting out the fun...and often gross...facts.
A whole team of individuals over at Silver Dolphin books have put this unique book together, combining facts on all types of bugs and spiders, with artsy learning methods, like transparencies between pages that allow the reader to visualize things like the inside of a beehive, the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, and the working parts of a locust. There are also 3-D cross-sections that really get inside the habitats of these creatures. You'll find yourself flipping the entire book sideways, trying to get the best view, getting an insider's look into these amazing worlds of different bugs and spiders.
As I was reading through, I found myself exclaiming several times to my husband, "Hun, did you know...?" just because I found some of the facts so interesting. Take for instance termites. Eew. They may be gross, but man are those little buggers (pun intended for sure) hardworking! "In Australia, termites build mounds of mud 25 feet tall and 100 feet wide. Belowground, a mound can be 225 feet deep." Can you BELIEVE that? Craziness.
I was really overly impressed with this book and would highly recommend it for all libraries to have on hand (and you'll probably want a couple of copies). I loved the interactive nature of the transparent pages and the scattering of short-but-sweet facts around the pages.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
A great non-fiction choice for your bug lovers...and even those (like me!) that aren't so into bugs.
The Wonders Inside Bugs & Spiders
Silver Dolphin Books
Review copy received from publisher
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