Young Naturalist's Handbook: Insect-Lo-Pedia - Book #3


Did you know that when in danger a dragonfly nymph can make a quick escape by shooting a jet of water from its rear end? This entertaining and educational insect picture book is crawling with bugs, bugs, and more bugs! The world's creepy, crawly, and sometimes crunchy critters' lives, habits, bodies, defenses, etc. are all explored. You may find out more than you ever wanted to such as, a female cockroach mates only once, but stays pregnant for the rest of her life! Better not read this book at nightwouldn't want...
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Did you know that when in danger a dragonfly nymph can make a quick escape by shooting a jet of water from its rear end? This entertaining and educational insect picture book is crawling with bugs, bugs, and more bugs! The world's creepy, crawly, and sometimes crunchy critters' lives, habits, bodies, defenses, etc. are all explored. You may find out more than you ever wanted to such as, a female cockroach mates only once, but stays pregnant for the rest of her life! Better not read this book at nightwouldn't want the bedbugs to bite!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young Naturalist's Handbook: Insect-lo-pedia by Matthew Reinhart, an addition to his other handbooks, Beetles and Butterflies, takes a lighthearted look at creepy-crawlies. The volume examines everything from their common anatomy to peculiarities of individual species. Young mantids, for instance, can actually regrow a lost leg and Bombardier beetles spray attackers with a gas heated to nearly 100 degree F. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This dense picture book is bursting with facts about insects, the only winged invertebrates on earth. Diagrams and text on initial pages highlight basic anatomy and function, the life cycle, communication, defense, and evolution. Using informative text and catchy headings, Reinhart then introduces young naturalists to some of the one million species of insects. "Have you seen Larry?" heads a paragraph on a camouflaged Indian leaf butterfly. "Pump up the volume!" connects insect culture to human experience in describing the mole cricket's use of underground tunnels to amplify his mating calls. The pages are packed with intriguing details of insect appearance, habitat, and behavior. Scientific names and the small text gear the book to an older reader. But the whimsical drawings in bright pinks, blues, and greens are more appropriate for a younger reader. With illustrations scattered over the page, it is sometimes hard to determine which text accompanies a particular drawing. The book closes with an interesting discussion of insects' symbolic and material importance in human cultures, then a short section on the extinction of species. Most seven-year-olds will find the text daunting, although the book is listed as a picture book for readers seven to nine. Recommended for readers nine and up with a sense of humor. 2003, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 9 up.
—Ann Philips
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-This busy, slim book introduces an array of bugs from bristletails to weevils. Reinhart opens with a general description of insect characteristics, bodies, behavior, and history and then goes on to highlight some 26 families. He concludes with informative, comical commentary on the study and conservation of insects. The peach-colored pages are filled with facts, odd bits of miscellany, jokes, and scientific names. Pen-and-ink and watercolor sketches are scattered throughout and include quasi-realistic views and cartoons. This title won't replace a field guide, but it is a useful compendium that's fun for browsing.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Plainly intent on cramming the heads of budding naturalists with insect facts while communicating his own enthusiasm for the critters, Reinhart sandwiches quick looks at 26 sorts, from bristletails and cockroaches to ants and butterflies, between general comments on their common characteristics, and their medical, gustatory, and ecological relationships with us. He tries too hard, forcing jocular commentary into nearly every factoid-"Moths and butterflies release chemical messages called pheromones into the air that other moths can smell and understand. Smells like love in the air!"-using largely exotic rather than familiar examples, and packing the pages with anthropomorphic cartoon figures that too often emphasize wit over accuracy. There is plenty of good, basic information here, but all the yuks are more distraction than enhancement: for entertainment value, go with Douglas Florian's same-titled poetry collection; for straight dope on our six-legged planet-mates, there are any number of choices. Reinhart offers no back matter, either. (Nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786805594
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Reinhart
Matthew Reinhart
Master paper engineer and illustrator Matthew Reinhart is a pro-at pop-ups, whether he's enchanting fans with solo projects like Cinderella, or teaming up with partner Robert Sabuda on award-winning projects like the fan favorite Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs.


Matthew Reinhart, in his own words:

I was born to Gary and Judith Reinhart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in September of 1971. My dad soon joined the Navy as a jet fighter pilot, so we moved around a lot when I was young. Florida, Texas, Illinois, California, Virginia, South Carolina -- all over! Dad wanted to be more than a pilot (which was pretty amazing itself) so he went to dental school and studied to be an oral surgeon. Mom and I followed along, and soon we were joined by my little sister, Erin. Often times, Dad's training took him to places we couldn't always follow (even on aircraft carriers), so Mom took care of us. My childhood was filled with good times -- I don't think it could have been much better. Actually, I've never really felt like it ever ended!

Art was always a tremendously huge part of my life. Drawing pictures and making crafts were my favorite activities in school and out. I drew whenever and where ever I could! My school notebooks often had more drawings than notes. I loved animals (and still do) so I drew them everywhere. Dinosaurs, like I think about every kid on the planet, were my favorite and I could rattle off the name of every single one before I could add or subtract. As I got older, I was captivated by the movie Star Wars. The richness of the universe George Lucas created on the screen fueled my young imagination. Creatures, monsters, spaceships, and action heroes filled my many sketchbooks growing up.

Like most high school graduates, I wasn't completely focused on a career. I didn't know there were cool jobs like paper engineer (that's a pop-up designer, in case you didn't know) or that I could make a living being a children's book illustrator. Like most doctors' children, I was convinced to study biology to prepare for medical school. College was great, but I wasn't really happy. Medicine was not my calling. I'd always taken art classes along with my biology courses, so I had built up a bit of a portfolio. I moved to New York after college, and met Robert Sabuda, paper engineer extraordinaire, doing some volunteer work. His book, Christmas Alphabet had just come out, and he told me he had studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I was inspired -- so, with the blessing and support of my understanding parents, I enrolled as an industrial design (specifically toy design) student the following year.

Pratt was fantastic, though my initial dreams of being a toy designer soon transformed into paper engineer with the help of Mr. Sabuda. I really got into pop-ups after working with Robert on books like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, ABC Disney and Movable Mother Goose. My first big break in the pop-up world was The Pop Up Book Of Phobias, which was my first solo paper engineered book. Since then, I've gradually began to illustrate and paper engineer my own titles or occasionally co-author with Robert. So here I am!

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Sabuda:

"My first job at the tender age of 16 was at a frozen yogurt shop called This Can't Be Yogurt, or TCBY. Wow, did I get chubby working there! We ate so much of the yogurt (which at the time wasn't fat-or-sugar-free) and the toppings like candy and hot fudge, too. It was a fun first job, though I remember the owner of the store was kind of rough on us and would sit in his car and watch us from the parking lot for hours.

"I am a devoted Transformers fan from the very beginning, back in 1984. Until all are one (only die-hard Trans-fans know what that means!), I must have hundreds if not a thousand different Autobots and Decepticons that I've collected over the years, from the original ‘80s Transformers to Beast Wars: Transformers to the current series -- which is awesome, by the way -- Transformers: Cybertron. They were actually one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a toy designer when I was younger, and I almost got a job at Hasbro working on them in the late ‘90s. Thank goodness I didn't take it! The way I figure it, pop-ups are kind of like paper Transformers. I'd love to do a Transformers pop-up book one day. You listening, Hasbro?"

"As a kid, I hated sweaters. I used to dread getting sweaters at Christmas time -- since I would have to wear it for whichever relative had given it to me. I thought they were too ‘stitchy,' or itchy. My skin must have been super sensitive back then. Thankfully, I've gotten over it."

"I am an exercise freak -- my day is not complete without an early morning trip to the gym. I run, lift weights, jump rope, bike ride and pretty much anything else to get my blood pumping!"

"I don't like tomatoes unless they've been chopped into unrecognizable pieces."

"I do like jumbo shrimp, double tall soy mochas from Starbucks, and Krispy Kreme glazed crème-filled doughnuts -- a whole lot."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1971
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.S. in Biological Sciences, Clemson University, 1994; Graduate Degree in Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, 1998
    2. Website:

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