A sumptuous, outsized guide to marvelling at minibeasts, The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer (@yuvalzommer) with Bug Expert Barbara Taylor is an example par excellence of the new variety of non-fiction for kids which brings facts and fascination together with fabulous illustration.
Organised bug by bug, young readers can learn about everything from centipedes to stick insects and pond bugs to praying mantises. Each double-page spread opens with an invitation to be curious – a question posed about the bug in focus, followed by four or five bite sizes bursts of facts, all so stunningly illustrated that the bugs featured look more like jewels than slimy, spooky creepy crawlies.
Information about habitats, spotting and encouraging bugs, and how different bugs are related to each other enrich an already rewarding catalogue of critters. An accessible glossary and detailed index provide the finishing touches to a truly delightful, beautiful and bold introduction to bugs.
Before long we were having bug races across the kitchen table…
I never knew have a bunch of creepy crawlies on my kitchen table could be so much fun!
Whilst making our scuttling bugs we listened to:
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Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of this book by the publisher.