Bonkers about Beetles (About Animals)

by Owen Davey (Author)

Bonkers about Beetles (About Animals)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: About Animals

A Children's Book Council 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12.

Owen Davey's dynamic art and witty informational tidbits shine a light on the toughest bugs in the insect world: those brawny beetles!

Did you know that there are roughly 400,000 different species of beetles? These incredible creatures make up about 25% of all animals on our planet! Beetles are superbly adapted to life in various climates across the world, wherever trees and flowers are found.

From the mighty Goliath beetle to the beautiful iridescent scarab beetle, this captivating and stunningly illustrated guide will teach you everything you need to know about these fascinating insects.

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Davey offers a fact-filled, strikingly illustrated introduction to beetles (an addition to the About Animals series). Working in a dramatic graphic style, Davey renders the beetle subjects with crisp, geometric precision, while representing the exquisite range of colors and patterns to be found among the roughly 400,000 known species. Sections with playful headings (such as "Born This Way") explore topics including beetle life cycles and metamorphosis, while infographics convey details about beetle anatomy, biology, and behavior: one chart demonstrates fireflies' flight and flash patterns. Elsewhere, images focus on the beauty and ecological resilience of particular species: a longhorn beetle shows how its blotchy black, gold, and orange markings allow it to camouflage itself against tree bark. Davey offers a dazzling exploration of some of Earth's most diverse, ubiquitous--not to mention, kaleidoscopic--insects. Ages 5-9. (June)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--Davey introduces readers to the vast variety of beetle species. Beetles inhabit all types of environments, including our own homes, and live on every continent except Antarctica. Davey describes the beetle's life cycle and identifies all their parts, their food sources, and their defense tactics including camouflage, and explains the importance of beetles for a healthy ecosystem. The text chronicles that beetles are found in several mythologies, as well Egyptian art. With more than 400,000 difference species of beetles, Davey points out that not all of them have been given common names, so the Latin names are often used with the illustrations. The author concludes the volume with an illustration of a bug hotel that readers can build to help creepy-crawlies flourish and survive the winter months. Davey's illustrations are dynamic; the beetles take center stage with the text appearing in a small font. VERDICT A welcome addition to STEM collections--the mixing of science and art is an added bonus.--Patricia Ann Owens, formerly at Illinois Eastern Community College, Mt. Carmel

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Review quotes

"Witty and informative, this handsome book may not transform beetle-aversion into beetle-mania, exactly, but it may cut down on those atavistic yelps of disgust."
—Wall Street Journal

"Davey offers a dazzling exploration of some of Earth's most diverse, ubiquitous—not to mention, kaleidoscopic—insects."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Owen Davey
Owen Davey is an award-winning Illustrator from the UK. He has produced many picture books which have been published in over 25 languages all over the world including 'Fanatical About Frogs' from his non-fiction 'About' series with Flying Eye Books which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2020 and was Longlisted for the 2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. From the same series, 'Bonkers About Beetles' won Best in Show in the 3x3 Professional Show 2019. He has worked with clients including Google, Facebook, Sony, Lego and National Geographic and is the lead illustrator on the multi-award winning app Two Dots.
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Guided Reading Level
Nobrow Press
Publication date
August 20, 2023
About Animals
BISAC categories
JNF051150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Zoology
JNF003120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, etc.
Library of Congress categories

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