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Amazing World: Bugs Review by Wendi Kitsteiner

Get To Know 20 Crazy Bugs
L.J. Tracosas
The Quarto Group
The Quarto Group, Inc.
401 North Second Avenue, Suite 310
Minneapolis, MN 55401

The book Amazing World: Bugs, by L.J. Tracosas, includes a thick cover which allows 13 glow-in-the-dark bugs to hide inside. Get past the cover and you will find 49-full-color pages. Each two-page spread presents pictures and facts about a different bug. No surprise (as it’s listed on the cover) that 20 different bugs are there for your perusal.

Some of these bugs are familiar like the Luna Moth or the Daddy Longlegs. However, what I really appreciated as I read this book with my four children (ages 4, 7, 9, and 10) is that the majority of the bugs are ones that aren’t in every other nature book on insects.

There’s the Spiny Orbweaver (that gets its name from the shape of the webs she weaves), the Giraffe Weevil (which lays just one egg at a time), the Shield Bug (which varies in colors from green, red-and-black striped, blue, and brown), and the Glowing Cockroach (that glows because of bacteria growing in little pits on his head.) Delightful, huh?

Each spread includes a picture of a child’s hand, and for comparison purposes, the size that bug would be compared to their hand. It has a world map showing where that bug would live. It has at least two (and sometimes three) pictures of each bug. And it includes incredibly interesting facts and details about that particular insect.

Did you know that Motyxia Millipedes leak deadly cyanide from the pores dotting their sides? Oh, and not to be missed is the Lanternfly which lets loose a stinky substance when a predator is closing in. While they have wings, they are part of a family of bugs known as “planthoppers” which means they don’t fly so much as they jump from plant to plant with a little flutter. I may be an adult, but I honestly learned just as much as a child while reading this book and found it to be hugely popular with kids of all ages in our home.

This book is actually a part of a bigger series called Amazing World. This is the third book in the series following up on the Amazing World: Sea Creatures and Amazing World: Stars & Planets. Each of the books includes the fun glow-in-the-dark stickers and will make an incredibly fun (and educational!) inclusion in your home library.

You really can’t go wrong with this book. Don’t miss it. I definitely want to try and get a hold of all the books in the series. And I’m sure after viewing just one book, you’ll feel the exact same way. Simply delightful, engaging, visually attractive, and FUN!

-Product review by Wendi Kitsteiner, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2018