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Wicked Bugs – The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth Review by Amanda Hopkins

Amy Stewart
Algonquin Young Readers
225 Varick Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Do you have a child who loves bugs? One that will cry if their older brother kills a ladybug? One that wants to keep every bug they find outside and name them? If this sounds like a child in your house, you will want to check out The Young Readers Edition of Wicked Bugs: The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth.

This book has it all! From the brief introduction to the scientific classification, to the description of each bug and the end of the book that gives a glossary and more resources that are available to you. Although after reading this book, we didn’t need much more for resources.

My 8-year-old loved this book from the first day he picked it up! He was able to find out about the spiders he may not like, and even the silly earthworms that he names and puts in his fairy garden. In fact, he was able to read about over 30 different insects from categories such as Deadly Creatures, Everyday Dangers, Unwelcome Invaders, Destructive Pests, Serious Pains and Terrible Threats.

Every time we started learning about a new bug, we would see the name we know, the scientific name and a brief description of the bug itself. This brief description included the size, family it belonged to, where we could find it, habitat and who the relatives are. This was fun tidbits of knowledge. We also saw a hand drawing, sort of like a cartoon of the bug. After that we get a page or two of information or a story of the bug. This was a way to bring the information we knew into our everyday life.

This book has been loved, not only by my son, but also by his older brother, dad and younger sisters. Oh, and the friends who come over. Everyone, no matter how scared of bugs they are, are also fascinated to learn more about them! This book does just that for us! The words were not too big, yet they didn’t skimp at the same time. This book will be around for many years in our house, and will be thoroughly enjoyed!

-Product review by Amanda Hopkins, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, October, 2017