Monday, July 9, 2012

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by A Curious Thing.

My garden is awash in Lady Bugs which aren't bugs at all, but one of many varieties of beetles. 
So it seemed appropriate that today's selection is The Beetle Book by
Steve Jenkins.

"Jewel beetles, tortoise beetles, giraffe beetles, forest fire beetles, flower beetles.  Beetles that stink, beetles that bite, beetles that sprint, beetles what walk on water.  Beetles that squeak and beetles that glow." So begins this fascinating exploration of one of nature's most abundant creatures: "Line up every kind of plant and animal on Earth . . . and one of every four will be a beetle," explains Jenkins.

Whether  arrayed side-by-side as if displayed in an entomologist's case or featured individually, each beetle-filled page offers readers a detailed look at these amazing creatures from descriptions of their anatomy to an explanation of Latin nomenclature. 

Jenkins' illustrations of torn and cut-paper collage are visually appealing and invite readers to pause and appreciate the beauty, diversity, and occasionally weird forms of these specimens collected for discussion.

1 comment:

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Nice! This sounds truly interesting. Will check it out. While beetles are not my favorite creatures of all times, I'm sure additional facts and tidbits would make me understand them better.

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