Bugs: Book Review

Bugs (Amazing World Series) by LJ Tracosas. Come and read the review on Miss Jenny's Classroom and buy a copy too!Amazing bugs! While bugs have some things in common they can also wildly different. Come and get to know 20 crazy bugs!

Title: Bugs – Get to Know 20 Crazy Bugs
Series: Amazing World
Author: L.J. Tracosas
ISBN: 9780760360354          Language: English

Classification: Non-fiction
Themes: bugs/insects

What’s it about?
This is a non-fiction text that focuses on 20 different bugs. It includes details as to their size, diet, range, and then a few other odd and interesting facts about each bug. Each bug gets its own 2-page spread.

Embrace
As with the Creature Files series this book features bite-sized chunks of information that is easy to read and understand. Along with the information are close-up photographs of the bugs showing fantastic details to support the information.

Beware
Not today

Bugs (Amazing World Series) by LJ Tracosas. Come and read the review on Miss Jenny's Classroom and buy a copy too!My Thoughts
So this one was just released on June 5th 2018 and I was so excited to read it given that the previous book we got by the author, Creature Files: Sharks, was such a big hit with my son.

Firstly, this book couldn’t be better timed. Just the other day I was on The Bear and the Fox and saw this awesome idea for setting up a snail observation activity. We’re heading into winter here (so lots of worms and snail) and we still have the odd bug or two coming out in between thunderstorms. I had been planning to set up a butterfly, snail, and other bug (depending on what I can catch – maybe a slater or soldier beetle) for my twins to observe for a week at a time. I love that I can now do some preparation work with this book.

Each two page spread is very appealing – particularly for the younger and more visually engaged reader. This book would also be a great choice for disengaged learners. The photographs are very clear and show a lot of detail that you may not even see if observing with a magnifying glass. I am particularly fond of the fact file that appears for each of the bugs – so if you are looking to do some comparison work, graphing in mathematics, or ranges covered in geography then this is an ideal all-in-one book to cater for those learning areas.

Bugs (Amazing World Series) by LJ Tracosos SAMPLE image from book

Another idea I remember seeing (can’t remember now where) was art activities based on nature’s beauty. It would be great to explore colours, shades, and the meanings behind markings in an art class and then do some stunning work to put up on display.

Really, no way you shouldn’t stock this one for your classroom and home as it is a fantastic introduction to bugs that even young kids (mine are almost 4) can understand.

L.J. Tracosas - author of non-fiction animals books. Visit her website today.

Special thanks to Becker & Mayer! Kids and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

9 Comments

  1. June 15, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    My daughter is absolutely obsessed with bugs and mini beasts at the moment so would love this book so much!

  2. June 15, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    My brother loved bugs as a kid and he used to have so many books about them x

  3. Helen
    June 15, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    I really like that the information is presented in bite size chunks – makes it so much easier to understand:)

  4. Newcastle Family Life
    June 16, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    This looks a great book for children to learn all about bugs from, it looks like it is easy to understand x Definitely one I will keep in mind.

  5. June 16, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    That sounds like such an interesting book – I know several little kids who are very fond of bugs and would love to know more. It’s great how every bug gets its own two page spread – how cool to find insects and be able to read up on them (I for one know very little about our everyday creatures and would be fascinated to learn more). Great that you can read the book in conjunction with keeping some bugs at home and seeing how the live and grow!

  6. Steph @ Renovation Bay-Bee
    June 16, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    My daughter loves bugs so this would be a great book for her!

  7. lukeosaurusandme
    June 16, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    My son would absolutely love this book. He loves going on a good old bug hunt and he’s always so curious to understand the world around him.

  8. June 17, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Oh this sounds great! I home educate my 5 year old and I think he’d absolutely love this!

  9. June 17, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    I like having stats like that. It’s so much more interesting. I am not a huge fan of bugs though 🙂

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