Creepy Critters: A Pop-up Book of Creatures That Jump, Crawl, and Fly

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With realistic illustrations and creepy fun facts about each bug, this colorful book will fascinate young readers as it brings six different bugs to life in 3-D. Readers will meet a hairy orange spider, a honeybee, a huge red cockroach, a blue beetle, a grasshopper, and a spotted ladybug.
Along the way readers will discover all sorts of fascinating facts, including: there are eight million beetle species; ...

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Overview

With realistic illustrations and creepy fun facts about each bug, this colorful book will fascinate young readers as it brings six different bugs to life in 3-D. Readers will meet a hairy orange spider, a honeybee, a huge red cockroach, a blue beetle, a grasshopper, and a spotted ladybug.
Along the way readers will discover all sorts of fascinating facts, including: there are eight million beetle species; grasshoppers are green because their blood contains no oxygen; ladybugs smell through their feet; and much more.

Praise for Creepy Critters:
"The art’s bright colors and models’ unusual scale will rivet audiences large or small. A quick buzz through buggy biology, equally suitable for reading or exhibition."
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Publishers Weekly
Bold, oversize pop-ups in eye-catching colors introduce six bugs: a ladybug, bee, grasshopper, spider, beetle, and cockroach. An opening section provides background, differentiating between insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans, while sidebars and multiple captions offer numerous details about each specimen. The many fascinating facts that arise—“Beetles make up more than 25 percent of all animal species on Earth,” and a “cockroach can live without its head for several weeks because its brain is spread around its body”—will arm budding entomologists with juicy kernels of trivia. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Six big—really big—bugs rise in extreme close-up from the spreads of this uneven but arresting early introduction to insects and arachnids. Though crustaceans and myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) get introductory mentions, the featured cast just includes a ladybug, a honeybee, a grasshopper, a beetle, a spider and a cockroach. Only the last two really go for the gusto by flinging oversized legs or antennae toward viewers' faces; the rest are posed at more sedate angles that won't engender startled shrieks but do, usually, show off overall shapes and body parts more clearly. Along with identifying each bug's particular species, Keith systematically provides basic facts about its general clan's distinctive physical features, diet, size and life span. From an informational point of view, the paper engineering is below par: The beetle, bee and ladybug are all billed as having two pairs of wings, but only on the beetle are they modeled as four distinct parts, and on the ladybug they're not visible at all (there's a small side illustration instead). Nevertheless, the art's bright colors and models' unusual scale will rivet audiences large or small. A quick buzz through buggy biology, equally suitable for reading or exhibition. (Pop-up/informational picture book. 4-6)
Pamela Paul
In keeping with the book's tight focus, the text on the page is admirably restrained, making it highly readable for younger entomologists.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810989429
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 1,007,499
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hawke is a leading paper engineer who lives in Australia. Robin Boutell is an exciting new illustrator who also lives in Australia.

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