Hey There, Stink Bug!

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Witty poems describe the devious and diabolical methods that allow insects to capture prey, trick predators, attract mates-and outlast other species. Accurate and detailed information accompanying each poem explains the science of the bug behaviors. Bright, eye-catching linoleum-cut illustrations capture each insect in action.
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Overview

Witty poems describe the devious and diabolical methods that allow insects to capture prey, trick predators, attract mates-and outlast other species. Accurate and detailed information accompanying each poem explains the science of the bug behaviors. Bright, eye-catching linoleum-cut illustrations capture each insect in action.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It has been estimated by etymologists that every human being on the face of the Earth has two hundred million insect counterparts living somewhere on the planet. With so vast an array of diverse life one could posit the notion that the world belongs to the insects and that we are mere fellow travelers playing a supporting role in their world. Hey There, Stink Bug takes the form of that perspective and offers youngsters a poetic and informative glimpse into the world of insects. In this book readers are given a three-fold introduction to some of the more common insects that surround us. The author begins each section with various forms of poetry that focus on some aspect of insect life. The poems are then followed by a brief factual discussion of the premises introduced by the verse. Each poem is also accompanied by colorful illustrations of aspects of life in the world of insects. Taken as a whole, Hey There, Stink Bug is a clever attempt to chronicle fascinating insect lore in a way that will appeal to younger readers. The illustrations and scientific discussions, in particular, are designed in such a way as to capture the reader’s interest. The poetry itself is somewhat uneven in quality and may well be the weakest feature of this publication. Nevertheless, as insects are intriguing, so too is this illustrated work which touches upon the secret life of creatures we encounter every day but generally ignore.
— Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-The poems in this collection flit and buzz effortlessly from page to page as members of the insect world are showcased in a variety of poetic forms, from haiku to clerihew. Antlions, skipper caterpillars, and even dung beetles make appearances. A brief annotation accompanies each poem, providing a few juicy factoids for budding entomologists while ever-present humor pulls in all fans of anything gross. In "The Hot Shot," a bombardier beetle blasts hot acid from its "seatle," and in "Advice to a Caterpillar," a swallowtail warns the larva to "pretend you're bird poop." Notes at the book's end dissect each poem's formal elements, and a glossary clarifies scientific terminology. Evans's naturalistic block prints crawl playfully through the text, echoing the lighthearted tone. For readers or teachers who go buggy for Douglas Florian's Insectlopedia (Harcourt, 1998) or Paul Fleischman's sophisticated Joyful Noise (HarperCollins, 1988), suggest Hey There, Stink Bug! They'll laugh, they'll learn, and hopefully they won't lose their lunch!-Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580893404
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Pages: 45
  • Sales rank: 633,317
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Bulion has written poetry for her own enjoyment since fourth grade. She has been interested in science and nature for as long as she can remember. Leslie earned graduate degrees in Oceanography and Social Work, and worked as a medical social worker and school social worker. She wrote for parenting magazines and the internet when her two daughters were small, and has been writing stories for children since 1998. She is the author of Fatuma's New Cloth, winner of the 2003 Children's Africana Book Award for best picture book, as well as HEY THERE, STINK BUG!; TALL SHIPS FUN!; MISSING PIECES; and ONE PIECE AT A TIME. Leslie has also edited chapter books for the education market. Leslie lives in Durham, Connecticut with her husband, her two daughters, and her two big dogs.

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