Bugs by the Numbers

Bugs by the Numbers

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by Sharon Werner, Sarah Forss
     
 

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

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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!

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609050610
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
04/27/2011
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
418,991
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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