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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, by Jennifer Dussling. DK, Tourmaline Editions. 2011. $4.99 ages 4 and up

Bugs look scary close up.
But you don't need to worry.
Most bugs are a danger
only to other insects.
They are the bugs
that really bug
other bugs."

Disgusting? Yes! Informative? Yes, indeed! This is the book that early readers (who love bugs, or are disgusted by them) want to read when they are learning about the little critters that might be found where those children are.

As we have come to expect from the DK Readers, the pages are filled with brilliant, colorful photographs of some of the many insects that inhabit our world. Too many of them for me, and kinda gross to see them so close up. That will not deter young scientists who have a passion for everything 'buggy'!

The text is accessible for those showing an interest in reading, offering simple sentences that have a strong connection to the photos shown and tagged. In double page spreads information is provided about a wide variety of these critters, from the praying mantis whose front legs do the trapping and gathering of its prey to the hornet who so closely resembles the harmless hoverfly that no one knows whether to flee in fear, or not.

The final page offers a collection of facts that kids might find interesting and is certainly informative. An index allows a return to certain intriguing information and shows young readers how the best in nonfiction informs their learning.

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