The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer is a delight. Right off the bat, we love the challenge on the inside page opposite the title page that says, “Can you find…exactly the same fly fifteen times in this book? Watch out for imposters.” What a great way to greet a young reader.
The drawings and colors really bring the pages alive! They are part cartoon, part realistic sky, ground, tree and underground—but they are always interesting. Not to mention but the book is oversized and won’t fall through your lap.
There are lot of things to study on each page and lots of sidebars to read and reread. The challenge with children’s book is how to teach without being mundane, sing-songy or immature (something we tire of very quickly).
The information in The Big Book of Bugs is made up of short and easily understandable paragraphs of about two to three sentences each. On the crickets and grasshopper’s page for instance, the opening is: “Why do they chirp in the grass?” The answer: “To find a partner, a male cricket or grasshopper chirps to get the attention of a female. Crickets and grasshopper’s also chirp to say, ‘Look out! Danger!'”
If you’ve never been able to answer your child when he asks: “Just how slow does a snail go?” And, ” …are bugs afraid of the light?” Or, “Why do ants march in a line?” This big book is your answer and should provide children lots of ways to explore key groups of bugs including beetles, moths, butterflies, bees, snails and more.
Take a look at this beautifully illustrated book: The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer, published by Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 978-0-500-650-677. Ages 4 and up. Hardcover about $19.95.