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The Beetle Book

By: Steve Jenkins

“Line up every kind of plant and animal on Earth . . . and one of every four will be a beetle.” Some stink, some sprint, and all are fascinating. Latin names given for each beetle in the book, along with the part of the world where it’s found and its size. Full-color illustrations in torn- and cut-paper collage.

ISBN: 9780547680842

JLG Release: Jun 2012


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Beetles , Insect behavior

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012; NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K—12: 2013; SLJ Best Children’s Books 2012, Nonfiction; Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2012, Science & Health; Booklist Lasting Connections of 2012, Science; ALSC 2013 Notable Children’s Books, Middle Readers

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Line up every kind of plant and animal on Earth . . . ” says Jenkins at the start of his joyous celebration of beetle-mania, “ . . . and one of every four will be a beetle.” From the minute clown beetle to the gigantic titan beetle (its jaws are strong enough to snap a pencil in half), the artist uses h
[STARRED REVIEW]
Line up every kind of plant and animal on Earth . . . ” says Jenkins at the start of his joyous celebration of beetle-mania, “ . . . and one of every four will be a beetle.” From the minute clown beetle to the gigantic titan beetle (its jaws are strong enough to snap a pencil in half), the artist uses his trademark torn- and cut-paper creations to depict a wide sampling to introduce neophyte beetle lovers to the sumptuous world that awaits them. With more than 350,000 species known to science (and others being discovered as you read this review), Jenkins had his work cut out for him. Throughout the colorful, fact-filled pages runs a series of life-size silhouettes to give readers a proper perspective for comparisons. In informative snippets of hand-lettered text, he offers life-style data and basic beetle physiology, and quirky details such as the fact that museums use hide beetles to clean animal specimen bones, and that bombardier beetles squirt a blinding spray into the faces of their enemies. Suffice to say that Jenkins’s enthusiasm for his subject shines through in this rich and varied compendium.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Horn Book

Jenkins brings his signature style to the world of beetles, a truly fascinating insect order, and highlights the amazing diversity of species. The book opens with basic beetle structure and function, and then covers topics such as reproduction, feeding, communication, and defense mechanisms, presenting illustrative cases across double-page sprea

Jenkins brings his signature style to the world of beetles, a truly fascinating insect order, and highlights the amazing diversity of species. The book opens with basic beetle structure and function, and then covers topics such as reproduction, feeding, communication, and defense mechanisms, presenting illustrative cases across double-page spreads. As always, the design of the book is exemplary. The colorful cut-paper beetles stand out crisply from the white backgrounds, sometimes shown mid-action, sometimes laid out in neat rows like an old-school museum display that allows for easy cross-species comparison. The illustrations are remarkably detailed, right down to the intricate patterns on wing casings and the delicate nature of the insects’ legs. The to-scale silhouettes found on the bottom of many spreads provide very helpful information (sometimes quite disconcerting—check out the size of the violin beetle) on the range of beetle sizes. Back matter contains more facts about the featured beetles.

Book Details

ISBN

9780547680842

First Release

June 2012

Genre

Dewey Classification

595.76

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.9; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.4; Points: 5;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Reinforced trade edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Beetles, Insect behavior,

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