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Up Close With Bugs

Alexandra Siy, Dennis Kunkel (Photographs by)


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Amazing micrograph photography helps readers find out if bugs get an undeserved bad rap in this nonfiction picture book.

Bugs bite, drink blood, and eat food in our fields and gardens. Is bugging a crime? Decide for yourself! Read "rap sheets" on the major categories of insects, and marvel at photomicrographs that magnify bug parts by 10 to 300,000 times! But once you've learned about insect habits, you may come to agree that bugs are our friends... not our foes. Meticulous research combined with lively writing and a kid-friendly approach to turn learning about insects into an intriguing case. First published in hardcover as Bug Shots, this title is being repackaged as a companion to Up Close with Spiders (Spidermania).

Praise For Up Close With Bugs

Praise for the hardcover edition, Bug Shots: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly
An NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students
A VOYA Nonfiction Honor Book
Recipient of a Eureka! Children's Book Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

"Open the spacious book anywhere, and the photos and facts will grab readers and make them want to read more. A long glossary and a list of suggested reading closes this good choice for researchers, browsers, and reluctant readers alike."—Booklist
"The visually stunning use of false color in the photomicrographs highlights important features of the insects."—Horn Book Guide
"The neon-hued extreme closeups of compound eyes, antennae, and other insect features make this both a clever and useful science book."—Publishers Weekly

Holiday House, 9780823440368, 40pp.

Publication Date: December 18, 2018

About the Author

ALEXANDRA SIY's children's books have won many awards, including an Orbis Pictus Honor, an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Award, and an American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award.

DENNIS KUNKEL, PhD, is a scientist and microscopist. His award-winning microphotographs have appeared in dozens of publications, including Time, the New York Times, Scientific American, and National Geographic. His work has appeared in many children's books.