cloth, 32 p., ISBN 0-753-45466-1, $6.95.
Children ages 4 to 8 who are interested in insects will enjoy this guide. It cleverly expands their interest with detailed illustrations and amusing cartoon-like pictures. Terms like larvae and pupa are grounded in pictures that help young readers remember their meanings. For example, the pupa is illustrated as a strongbox, keeping the insect's body safe as it changes. The larvae are explained as rocking in a little cradle!
Children who are not at all interested in bugs will suddenly find themselves fascinated by the format of this book, arranged as a series of questions and answers. How do grasshoppers play the violin? Are creepy-crawlies good for people? Which insect is the laziest parent? These are just a few of the questions asked and answered in this gem of a book, which makes learning fun by removing its sting!
— Eileen Kelly Klehr, Volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden