insectlopedia

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“Mosquitoes are thin./Mosquitoes are rude./They feast on your skin/For take-out food.” Children will delight in the playful language and hilarious illustrations while they learn about twenty-one insects that will bug or beguile them. From swooping dragonflies and twirling whirligig beetles to marching army ants and feasting mosquitoes, here is one pest infestation you’ll welcome into your home!

Presents twenty-one short poems about such insects as the inchworm, termite, cricket, and ladybug.

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“Mosquitoes are thin./Mosquitoes are rude./They feast on your skin/For take-out food.” Children will delight in the playful language and hilarious illustrations while they learn about twenty-one insects that will bug or beguile them. From swooping dragonflies and twirling whirligig beetles to marching army ants and feasting mosquitoes, here is one pest infestation you’ll welcome into your home!

Presents twenty-one short poems about such insects as the inchworm, termite, cricket, and ladybug.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"The silly, imaginative verses about whirligig beetles and waterbugs (almost) match the exquisite pictures in playfulness and wit. The result is downright stunning," said PW. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Short, clever, witty poems catalogued alphabetically provide details about 21 different spiders and insects. Poems like "The Caterpillar" are just one example of how well-written the selections are: "She eats eight leaves at least. . ./Which leaves her like a Faterpillar/Then rents a room inside/a pupa,/And checks out: Madame Butterfly." Unique, thought-provoking illustrations accompany the text. There are some difficult words used, like "aggrieved" and "parasitic," but they are few and provide yet another opportunity to learn.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6As he did in Beast Feast (1994), On The Wing (1996), and In the Swim (1997, all Harcourt), Florian offers 21 short, inventive poems and paintings that create playful images of animals. Here, the subjects are arthropods such as the mayfly, praying mantis, hornet, black widow spider, and weevils. The verse form is as varied as the creatures presented. Shaped or pattern poems about the inchworm, whirligig beetles, and mound-building termites work particularly well. The words are arranged in pleasing patterns and the rhythms fit the characteristics of the subjects. The design adds to the overall appeal. Each selection is given its own page, allowing for the use of large type and plenty of glossy white space, and paired with a full-page watercolor with a neat border of white. These portraits build on the imaginatively integrated realistic and anthropomorphic images created in the text. There are other books of poetry about insects and lots of collections of humorous verses about animals but none match Insectlopedia.Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The creator of In the Swim (1997) joins Paul Fleischman (in Joyful Noise, 1987) in poetically praising insects. Read alone or read aloud, each of these ticklish tidbits features an individual member of the insect world, and focuses on attributes, foibles, and antics displayed in the eight-legged community. The daddy longlegs is accused of engaging in spiderobics, the walking stick performs a disappearing trick, and mosquitoes feast on the skin as "take-out." Some of the entries rely on clever wordplay, while others are examples of concrete poetry; the text takes on the hump of the inchworm or the spiral movements of the whirligig beetle. The watercolor illustrations, abstract and stylized, achieve a comic effect by incorporating collage elements reminiscent of an entomolgist's field notes. (Picture book. 5-10)
From the Publisher
"Florian's elegant poems and watercolor collages are a treat."—Los Angeles Times
(star)"The clever artwork . . . and arachnid verse it illustrates will delight readers."—Booklist (starred review)
(star)"There are other books of poetry about insects . . . but none match Insectlopedia."—School Library Journal (starred review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152013066
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 522,538
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

DOUGLAS FLORIAN is the creator of many acclaimed poetry picture books, including lizards, frogs, and polliwogs , a Child Magazine Best Book of the Year; mammalabilia , an ABA's Pick of the Lists; and insectlopedia , a New York Times bestseller, ALA Notable Children's Book, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He lives with his family in New York City.

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