Inside In: X-Rays of Nature's Hidden World

Inside In: X-Rays of Nature's Hidden World


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A perfect gift for kids 8-12 who love bugs, reptiles, and other creepy, crawly creatures. Readers will pore over these X-ray images of the natural world.

A Smithsonian Magazine Best Children’s Book of the Year

Using incredible X-ray techniques, Inside In displays creatures and their natural habitats in a never-before-seen way. Kids will learn the awesome answers to questions like:

  • What does a bee look like under its furry coat?
  • How does a seahorse protect itself with armor and a skeleton?
  • How does a tree frog use its eyes to swallow?

This visually stunning and highly original book is perfect for keeping kids engaged during home-schooling and online learning:

  • X-ray images are cool and fun to look at!
  • Simple text helps kids understand the animals and plants in each image.
  • Pops of neon colors make animals and plants come to life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771646796
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 10/10/2021
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 435,780
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 13 Years

About the Author

Jan Paul Schutten has been writing children's nonfiction books since 2003. His books are popular and critically acclaimed; he has won several awards including the Gouden Griffel (Golden Stylus) for his book Children of Amsterdam.

Arie van ’t Riet is a Dutch artist and medical physicist who uses X-ray equipment to create “bioramas”—X-ray portraits of animals and plants. While teaching the physics of radiation and radiation safety, he became interested in the application of low-energy X-rays to capture delicate objects. Arie van ’t Riet is “inspired by the unbelievable beauty of nature... and its wonderful complexity.”

Table of Contents

First, a few words… 4

Hey, wait a minute. What exactly are X-ray photographs? 6

Arthropods and mollusks

The scorpion: What a cutie! 10

The giant prawn: Underwater knights 12

The bumblebee: Buzzing hourglasses 14

The dragonfly: Born stunt pilots 16

The butterfly: Bodybuilding caterpillars 20

The centipede: A head with legs 24

The snail: The mushiest mollusk 26


The eel: Swimming serpents 30

The silver pomfret: A bit of fish with your bones? 32

The roach and the perch: Fishy failures 34

The garfish and the barracuda: Sleek and speedy 36

The smal1-spotted catshark: Just a big old pussycat! 38

The John Dory: An underwater vacuum cleaner 40

The anglerfish: Fish that go fishing 42

The catfish: Who are you calling a tongue? 44

The sole: Art and sole 46

The ray: Bend or break 48

The Seahorse: The odd fish out 50


The marsh frog: Why frogs are more skillful than princes 54

The tree frog: Eating with your eyes 58


The tegu: Tegunosaurus rex 62

The bearded dragon: A spiny beard 66

The long-tailed grass lizard: Snakes with legs 68

The monitor lizard and the python: A legless lizard 70

The crocodile and the python: A couple of losers 72

The chameleon: The tongue of death 74

The red-eared slider turtle: Cold-blooded centenarians 76

The constrictor: The bigger the appetite, the bigger the mouth 78


The barn owl: Big guy, huh? 82

The wagtail: Swimming in the air 84

The long-eared owl: Back-to-front knees 86

The buzzard: Out of hand 88

The pheasan t: Mini-ostriches 90

The jay: Sleeping on one leg 92

The duck: Land-air-and-water birds 94

Songbirds: Spot the differences 96


The bat: Flap your hands 100

The mouse: Super-mice 102

The rat: Family feud 104

The shrew and the vole: A case of mistaken identity 106

The rabbit and the hare: Same but different 108

The mole: Mammals never have more than five fingers (even when they have six) 110

The hedgehog: A prickly mole 112

The weasel: As wise as a weasel 114

The Squirrel: Handy little monsters 116

The fox: The tale of a tail 118

The deer: Living skeletons 120

The squirrel monkey: Monkey brains! 122

About the inventor 124

Index 126

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