Creepy Critters

Title: Creepy Critters

Authors: Richard Hawke and Robin Bouttell

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, 2012
Book Type: Non-Fiction
Ages: 4 and up
Themes: Insects

Synopsis (from Abrahms website):

With realistic illustrations and creepy fun facts about each bug, this colorful book will fascinate young readers as it brings six different bugs to life in 3-D. Readers will meet a hairy orange spider, a honeybee, a huge red cockroach, a blue beetle, a grasshopper, and a spotted ladybug.

Activities:

Classroom:

  • Insectclopedia has insect related lesson plans organized by grade-level.
  • The Science Spot has index of websites with insect related activities.

Videos and Photos: National Geographic for Kids has some great insect related photography and articles.

Craft:

Why I Like This Book:

I recommend this book for getting kids excited about insects. The book has basic facts about the size, diet and life span of the bug. Boring you say, okay I agree. Each page spread also has a few interesting facts, that you probably won’t find right away on Google or Wikipedia. For instance, did you know grasshoppers ears are on their stomach. Not sold yet .. well I have saved the best for last. Imagine opening a page spread and having a large pop-out of an insect. I was floored when I saw the paper crafts. Check out the picture I took below. How cool is that!

This book is really a starter book to get kids interested in insects. I would like to add other insect related books as a resource.

Do you or your kids have any favorite insect books? I will update this post later with your recommendations.

This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.

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10 Comments to “Creepy Critters”

  1. Eww… Pop-up bugs? Sounds like something my son would love! I’ll have to get over my bug issues and see if I can find this somewhere. I’m a sucker for pop-up books.

  2. I always loved the 3-d books as a kid. This one looks fantastic. Thanks for adding a how-to make your own pop up cards as a resource!

  3. Actually, my son recently told me grasshoppers have ears on their stomachs, which he learned in school. This book would be the perfect supplement to that learning. Thanks!

  4. This is a wonderful 3-D book that would get kids excited about insects. Great review as it sounds like you enjoyed the book a lot. Fun book for kids! And, perfect for Earth Day.

  5. What a great book, Darshana! I’m so glad you added it (even though I personally like to admire insects from a distance :)) I bet there are a lot of kids who will find this fascinating!

  6. That is AMAZING. We love Alexandra Siy’s “Bug Shots.” This one looks equally amazing. I might have to order this along with our batch of ladybug larvae.

  7. I love pop-up books. This is great for children who love science and those who’d like to learn more about critters. I don’t like spiders but I love the spider shot you took from the book. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. I love pop up books but that would scare me nevermind the kids lol.

  9. I like the pop up bugs! My favorite bug book is “The Big Book of Bugs” by Matthew Robertson. It comes with 3D glasses and has 3D pictures 🙂

  10. Eww! Though it looks a lovely colourful book and kids would love it, I’m afraid its not for me…. can’t stand them…sorry Darshana.

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