|Wicked bugs : the meanest, deadliest, grossest bugs on earth|
Author: Stewart, Amy
Features profiles of the world's scariest, deadliest, and grossest bugs, from the most painful hornet to flies that transmit deadly diseases to millipedes that stop traffic, to "bookworms" that devour libraries.
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Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 11.50
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 72087
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 4–8—With over one million species of insects identified globally and over 10 quintillion live insects, there are a lot of bugs in the world! Stewart writes about the creepy crawlies that most negatively impact humans in this young reader's edition of her 2011 adult book by the same name. Dividing the content into six categories, ("Everyday Dangers," "Destructive Pests," etc.), Stewart begins each one with a full-page illustration. Entries are approximately three pages long and contain a mixture of scientific information (size, scientific family name, habitat, etc.) as well as human-interest anecdotes. Juicy tidbits, such as the story of a woman who thought she was undergoing brain surgery to remove a deadly tumor and instead woke up to find that a pork tapeworm had been the culprit, will keep readers engaged and turning the pages. (Finding the pork tapeworm instead of a tumor was apparently good news.) Resources listed at the conclusion include online sources to aid in insect identification, a catalog of the best insectariums, and information on pest control and insect-related diseases. VERDICT Budding entomologists and kids who marvel in the truly awe-inspiring, sometimes hair-raising, and gross natural world will be in heaven.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.