Insect Detective

Overview

Young readers will definitely catch the bug when they see this enticing, fact-filled invitation to explore the world of insects.

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Right now, all around us, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things: wasps are building nests, ants are collecting food, and dragonflies are readying for the hunt. But it?s not always easy to catch sight of these six-legged creatures: you have to know where to look. ...

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Overview

Young readers will definitely catch the bug when they see this enticing, fact-filled invitation to explore the world of insects.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Right now, all around us, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things: wasps are building nests, ants are collecting food, and dragonflies are readying for the hunt. But it’s not always easy to catch sight of these six-legged creatures: you have to know where to look. Guided by this book, readers will happily become insect detectives and find out just what those bugs are up to.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"...all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things." To see them, you must become an insect detective. Voake first encourages readers to examine wasps at work making a nest. Then they should follow an ant home to its nest. The habits of solitary bees are noted. We are shown the ways insects use camouflage to hide from predators. Other creatures of interest are also found under stones. The dragonfly is perhaps "the greatest insect hunter." To see all these wonders, readers are encouraged to "just open the door and step outside." The lively text in large type is balanced by further information in small type asides. Sketchy pen-and-ink drawings with lightly applied touches of transparent watercolors create the delicate emotional atmosphere of the insect world. Voake carefully represents the creatures and their plant environment with an accuracy that does not dull the esthetic character of the double-page scenes. On the end pages the dragonflies carry on in the grassy venue of the jacket. Along with an "Index," information is provided about how to be an insect detective. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—"Listen—over by the fence./Can you hear a scratching sound?/A wasp is scraping away at/the post with her strong jaws./She's collecting wood." Thus begins this charming collaboration that gently encourages young readers to explore their natural surroundings and observe some of the more commonly found insects in it. In spare prose, brief facts about a variety of creatures, such as leaf-miner caterpillars, ground beetles, ants, earwigs, and dragonflies, are shared, as are hints on where and how to find them. Large print tells the main story with small print providing further details or interesting facts, giving an opportunity for deeper exploration. Simple but elegant pen and watercolor illustrations show the creatures in their habitats, going about their daily business. Shared aloud or read alone, this child-friendly title is a wonderful introduction to the insect world. Pair it with a wide variety of informational books to garner children's interest and excitement.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644475
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,247,551
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Voake is the author of the Daisy Dawson series and several novels for young adults. He lives in Somerset, England.

Charlotte Voake is Steve’s cousin and the author-illustrator of many award-winning picture books, including HELLO TWINS. She is also the illustrator of Vivian French’s CATERPILLAR, CATERPILLAR. She lives in Surrey, England.

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