Eye-Popping 3-D Bugs: Phantogram Bugs You Can Practically Touch!

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Life-sized bugs leap, fly, crawl, and buzz off the page! In this book, dozens of insects from fascinating fliers to creepy-crawlies spring to life in eye-popping phantogram 3-D. (Phantogram images are more vertical than regular 3-D, and appear to stand on the page.) Fun facts about the bugs habitats, life cycles, and eating habits complement stunning full-page images.

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Overview

Life-sized bugs leap, fly, crawl, and buzz off the page! In this book, dozens of insects from fascinating fliers to creepy-crawlies spring to life in eye-popping phantogram 3-D. (Phantogram images are more vertical than regular 3-D, and appear to stand on the page.) Fun facts about the bugs habitats, life cycles, and eating habits complement stunning full-page images.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—A new kind of 3-D photography is employed here, so realistic that the images of insects and other arthropods seem to lift right off the page when viewed through the glasses provided (two pairs of the paper-framed glasses are included in an envelope on the front fly-leaf). A foreword explains how 3-D functions and how the book's photographs, known as "phantograms," were created, after which a series of separate sections focuses on a variety of invertebrates. In most, a full-page, 3-D image of one or two of the animals appears opposite a page of text. A small photo is also centered on the text page. Each section briefly describes the subject animals' major physical and/or behavioral characteristics; defense mechanisms; diets; etc.; about half also discuss life cycles. Sixteen common insects, including crickets, cockroaches, tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, and millipedes, are featured. Extended captions provide additional information on distinctive characteristics of the species depicted. Although clearly written, the text is marred slightly by subjective comments, such as "yuck" or "gross" after descriptions of some insects' feeding habits. The photos are unique and have definite browser appeal.—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Photography just doesn't get more "up close and personal" than the buggy images in this oversized album.

Matched to hyperbolic commentary ("Not only that, [praying mantises] eat their prey alive. Gross!"), the pictures look like jumbles to the naked eye, but don one of the two accompanying pairs of cardboard glasses, and 21 kinds of insects, arachnids, scorpions and related creepy crawlies—most much, much larger than life size—will swim into unexpectedly close focus seemingly handspans above the page. These "phantograms" not only do standard 3D photos one better in appearing to be much higher and deeper, but they feature both multiple apparent levels (rather than the usual two) and unusually sharp fine detail to boot. Along with memorable visuals, the information about each type of critter's physical features, geographic distribution, life cycles and diets can be found elsewhere, but they are seldom imparted with such relish: "Poop and vomit eaters—aren't you glad you're not a cricket?" A detailed description of the authors' photographic methods and a closing "More Fun with 3-D" spread of paired insect photos, which can be viewed in stereo through two rolled up pieces of paper, provide splendid lagniappes for this face-plant into the realm of the many-legged.

A crowd-pleasing follow up toEye-Popping 3-D Pets(2009) if ever there was one, for young biologists and thrill-seeking browsers alike.(Informational novelty item. 7-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811877725
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/21/2011
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 13.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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