Bugged (Paperback)

How Insects Changed History

By Sarah Albee, Robert Leighton (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9780802734228, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2014

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Hardcover (4/15/2014)

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There are about ten quintillion insects in the world-and some of them have affected human history in tremendous ways! For as long as humans have been on earth, we've co-existed with insects . . . for better or for worse. Once you begin to look at world history through fly-specked glasses, you begin to see the mark of these minute life forms at every turn. Beneficial bugs have built empires. Bad bugs have toppled them. Bugged is not your everyday history book. From the author and illustrator team behind kid-favorite Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up, this combination of world history, social history, natural science, epidemiology, public health, conservation, and microbiology is told with fun and informative graphics and in an irreverent voice, making this one fun-to-read book.

About the Author

SARAH ALBEE is the author of Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up and dozens of books for young readers, three of which have been New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, three kids and dog. She blogs about offbeat history topics at sarahalbeebooks.com/blog.

ROBERT LEIGHTON is the illustrator of Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up and What's Going on Down There?, as well as a puzzle-writer and New Yorker cartoonist. He lives in New York City.

Praise For Bugged: How Insects Changed History

“This title is astonishing, disgusting, revolting, and ultimately fascinating, making it perfect for emerging entomologists, budding historians, reluctant readers, and gross-out junkies alike.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Tailor-made for epidemiologists-in-the-making and connoisseurs of the gross.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This engrossing volume is jam-packed with enticingly gruesome world history.” —Booklist

“The breadth of information Albee covers speaks to the way that tugging on a tiny thread of history can yield a vast, multifaceted narrative.” —Publishers Weekly

“Will appeal to middle school readers looking for all things gross, creepy, and surprisingly true . . . The facts are presented in a way that is engaging enough to keep reluctant readers turning the pages.” —Library Media Connection

“Readers who enjoy all things gross will find this foray into fecal history most appealing.” —Kirkus Reviews on Poop Happened!

“By bringing history alive, this captivating work is without a doubt an essential purchase.” —School Library Journal on Poop Happened!

“The lively, browsable format and irreverent tone will keep the interest of kids who ordinarily might balk at historical exploration.” —BCCB on Poop Happened!

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