"Curious facts about familiar invertebrates are packaged with a magnifying glass for extended observations. Spread by spread, this cheery collection of infobits describes the creepy-crawlies of the world: butterflies, stick insects, beetles, ladybugs, worms, centipedes, snails, spiders, flies, ants and bees . . . The background is a stylized illustration suggesting an environment where the creature might be found: the leaves of a tree for ladybugs, a table full of sweets for flies, beehives inside and out. A short introduction to the group appears at the top right-hand corner of the page followed by a circular illustration of the three or four stages of its life cycle. After that, factoids are scattered around the pages, each with a quick headline: 'dinosaur playmates'; 'slow snail race'; 'spider soup.' There are occasional humorous additions that might just help youngsters remember about species differences. Each page also includes a suggestion for further exploration in the real world using the surprisingly effective plastic magnifier embedded in the cover . . . an engaging invitation to explore the world of small creatures." Kirkus Reviews
"Inviting earthworms, centipedes, spiders, and snails into the buggy fold, Li presents a browsers buffet of common creepy-crawlies, capped with instructions for a soda bottle worm farm and other low-budget activities. On spreads arranged in no particular order, she covers 11 creaturesincluding flies, ants, ladybugs, and stick insects. Along with devoting most of the section on beetles to the ever-popular dung beetle, and elsewhere often zeroing in on similarly memorable species, she livens up basics about life cycles, diets, and common behaviors with tasty observations like, In olden days a broth made of snail mucus was used to cure sore throats. . . . The attractive painted illustrations are small and occasionally slightly camouflaged, which will encourage readers to use the detachable . . . magnifying glass attached. Young naturalists will enjoy a scuttle through this broad but informative survey." Booklist
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