I bought this book for my nephew Douglas' upcoming birthday. This is a cool book for a kid who likes science and nature, or just fun facts. The author-illustrated artwork is colorful and kind of amazing, with torn-and-cut-paper collages of each different type of beetle. Kids will learn that one out of every four living things on this planet is a beetle, and why beetles are so interesting. The fun facts come across in simple and direct language, and even the scientific anatomy of a beetle is easy to understand. Silhouettes throughout the book are life size, but it's really the colorful pictures that capture the imagination. As the jacket says, there are beetles that stink, beetles that bite, beetles that walk on water, and squeak and glow, and many more! Ages 4-8
Spent many years in Hawaii, but am now living vegan on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, near St. Michaels. Stopped eating meat and went vegan in Spring of 2010. Married and live with one great rescue dog.