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.



  • 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.


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.


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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