Bugs by the Numbers

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The creators of the award-winning Alphabeasties And Other Amazing Types capture an amazing array of insects in their totally unique and captivating style. While the alphabeasties were comprised of letters, these incredible insects are ingeniously engineered out of numerals. Each entry includes fascinating numeric facts about its subject: An ant has 2 stomachs and 3 body parts, and it can lift 50 times its body weight! This one-of-a-kind, eye-catching look at the insect world will entertain, engage, and educate ...
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Overview


The creators of the award-winning Alphabeasties And Other Amazing Types capture an amazing array of insects in their totally unique and captivating style. While the alphabeasties were comprised of letters, these incredible insects are ingeniously engineered out of numerals. Each entry includes fascinating numeric facts about its subject: An ant has 2 stomachs and 3 body parts, and it can lift 50 times its body weight! This one-of-a-kind, eye-catching look at the insect world will entertain, engage, and educate stylish young entomologists everywhere!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Trading letters for numbers, the creators of Alphabeasties employ a similar format to create silhouette-style portraits of insects, worms, and arachnids using only Arabic numerals. Thus Werner and Forss use 1s, 2s, and 3s, to distinguish between an ant's head, thorax, and abdomen; a mosquito consists of 75s ("They can detect our breath from 75 feet away"); and a group of ladybugs are made up of numerals that correspond to the number of spots on their wings. Add in several liftable flaps and a wealth of facts about the featured species, and this duo has another winner on their hands. Ages 6–12. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—"Art by the numbers" takes on new meaning in this rewarding book, complete with foldout flaps, carefully shaped and color coordinated to maximize their visual impact. This companion volume to Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types (Blue Apple, 2009) uses numbers instead of letters to depict its subjects. An ant features a combination of 1's, 2's, and 3's to form its tripartite body; a cockroach skitters in a mad rush of 168's (the total number of hours, says one caption, a decapitated roach can survive before it dies of thirst). A nifty foundation of factoids marches artistically along the flamboyant color silhouettes at the bottom and sides of the oversize pages, or clamor here and there on the skillfully designed flaps, while tiny sentences of text whisper across white spaces like miniature passing eddies of air. The female mantis, made from 180's to reflect the number of degrees its head can turn, the authors state reassuringly, only eats its mate 20 percent of the time. A warning note informs children that hungry bedbugs "can travel 100 feet to feed." Data aside (no matter how fascinating), it is the colorful graphic artwork that will capture casual browsers, letting them soak up the hues and the shapes and the skittery numbers, all the while absorbing information effortlessly.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—"Art by the numbers" takes on new meaning in this rewarding book, complete with foldout flaps, carefully shaped and color coordinated to maximize their visual impact. This companion volume to Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types (Blue Apple, 2009) uses numbers instead of letters to depict its subjects. An ant features a combination of 1's, 2's, and 3's to form its tripartite body; a cockroach skitters in a mad rush of 168's (the total number of hours, says one caption, a decapitated roach can survive before it dies of thirst). A nifty foundation of factoids marches artistically along the flamboyant color silhouettes at the bottom and sides of the oversize pages, or clamor here and there on the skillfully designed flaps, while tiny sentences of text whisper across white spaces like miniature passing eddies of air. The female mantis, made from 180's to reflect the number of degrees its head can turn, the authors state reassuringly, only eats its mate 20 percent of the time. A warning note informs children that hungry bedbugs "can travel 100 feet to feed." Data aside (no matter how fascinating), it is the colorful graphic artwork that will capture casual browsers, letting them soak up the hues and the shapes and the skittery numbers, all the while absorbing information effortlessly.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609050610
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 599,005
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Werner & Sarah Forss are graphic designers at the two-person design studio Werner Design Werks, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota. They have had remarkable international impact and have garnered their studio many graphic design awards, as well as a place in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Musée de la Poste, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Visit them online at www.wdw.com.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Gorgeous & Informational

    I first checked out this book through our library system after reading a review in a national newspaper. The book did not disappoint! The illustrations are cleverly done. (Whether you like bugs or not, you will be fascinated by the illustrations.) The facts about each of the bugs is presented in a readable and interesting manner. My son, though a toddler, found the book irresistable. I will wait to purchase a copy for our personal library until he is older (around 5). I did however purchase a copy for a friend's son who just turned 5 and is interested in the natural world. Glad I did.

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