Okay, I have at least one child who will occasionally talk about being an entomologist some day, and my mother's degree is in entomology... so this is a topic my family takes a fancy to. Factor that in as you read the review.
That being said, this really is a cool book. Not just for insect geeks.
Bugs: Big & Small God Made Them All by William Zinke is a brand new hardcover put out by Master Books. The photography is stunning, which might be the best part of the book. Maybe. Like this:
Seriously, that photo is just perfect.
Some of the pictures are stunning, but not nearly so beautiful:
I don't like hornets. Or wasps. <shudder>
The book is split into five chapters:
- Amazing Creepy Crawlers
- Jumbo Giants
- Weird & Wonderful
- Bugs in Camo!
- Bizarre and Beautiful
The text includes a lot of description of some of the fascinating creatures featured here, some Bible verses and commentary, and then there are little "Creepy Cool" facts thrown in.
Like this one, about bees and the fruits and vegetables that are pollinated by bees.
My teens wanted to point out that a lot of the "creepy cool" facts weren't remotely creepy.
Check out the trailer:
The photographs are incredible, right?
Another really great thing is that the last couple pages of the book are perforated bug cards that you can tear out (we haven't yet). These cards have a great bug photo and the common name on the front. On the back of the card is a chart with all kinds of facts -- common name, scientific name, length, lifespan, location, and diet, and also a little trivia-type fact.
The cards are cool.
The whole book is cool.
You could win one at the Facebook party tonight.
Go see what other Moms of Master Books have to say about Bugs.
There is a Book and a Treat Facebook party coming up tonight, October 28 at 7 pm Central Time, where you could win cool prizes -- and discuss bugs too.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of the Moms of Master Books program. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.