Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Alphabet of Bugs: An ABC Book - Review

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Do you know what a Chrysina resplendens or a Papilionidae butterfly looks like? Travel through the alphabet with The Alphabet of Bugs to learn about the many beautiful and unusually named bugs found in nature—and brush up on those ABCs as well! Valerie Gates’s charming alliterative style paired with Ann Cutting’s stunning photographs of all types of bugs is sure to delight curious children and adults alike.

Children who already know their basic bugs will broaden their horizons, and parents who are tired of simple butterflies and beetles will find this book worth rereading. Spectacular photographs of insects of all kinds will inspire children to learn more about the different creatures found in the natural world. And while children learn about bugs, they are also learning the alphabet through silly sentences. This is an ideal gift for new parents and for young nature-loving children!
My Review:
A book intended for younger children, The Alphabet of Bugs: An ABC Book goes beyond the ordinary insects and throws readers into a world of bugs and critters that are lesser known.  The realistic photos of bugs set against eye-popping backgrounds makes the bugs look, dare I say, stunning.  Each letter of the alphabet is represented with a bug. 
Also, for each letter of the alphabet, is a tongue twister summary of the bug.  For example, underneath the letter M is “Mason Wasp Magnificently Mimics Moccasin”.  Although I found the photos to be fascinating and the pages to be richly colorful, some of the words were either hard to pronounce or I wasn't sure of their definition.  I think the descriptive words are a little over-the-top but liked the illustrations.


Janet W. said...

What a neat book! My grandsons would really enjoy the pictures!