Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pocket Genius Bugs

9780756698140HPocket Genius Bugs
Published at DK Canada

About the book

The prefect sized books for backpacks, DK's Pocket Genius series is bright, inviting, concise, and punchy — the ideal source for reference. Featuring essential information, full-color images, glossary, and top ten lists, these books are a brand-new type of encyclopedia for young readers.

Whether it's the industrious ant, the breath-taking Monarch butterfly, or the multi-legged centipede, no bug is left unexamined in this visual encyclopedia.

My Thoughts

Bugs – some hate them like there is no tomorrow while others study them.   What is your take on them?   Me I don’t mind most of them while others I could live without like the mosquito for example.   Spiders I don’t mind while camping but I don’t particularly enjoy finding one in our house.  

Like it or not, bugs were created by God and have a purpose (even if we don’t see it).    This book will highlight everything you will need to know about bugs.   The book starts with informing you what are arthropods and what is not an arthropod.  You will also get an idea of the life cycle, feeding habits, habitats as well as some tips on how to study bugs.   Then you will get specific information on various bugs:

  • Insects – silverflish, bristletails, mayflies, damselflies and dragonflies, stoneflies, rock crawlers, earwings, mantises, crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, termites, thrips, ture bugs, lice, alderflies, lacewings, beetles, scorpionflies, fleas, ture flies, caddisflies, moths, butterflies, swaflies, wasps, bees and ants.
  • Arachnids – scorpions, ticks, mites, spiders, sun-spiders, pseudoscorpions, and more.
  • Other arthropods – myriapods, crustaceans, non-insect hexapods.

You will also have  information on incredible bugs and record breakers.  Each  bug  has a little section presenting the Latin name, a description, as well as information about the size, the diet, the habitat and the distribution.  You will also get tidbits of fascinating facts throughout the book. For example, did you know that bites from the tarantula spider were believed to be poisonous in 16th-century Taranto, Italy and the remedy involved a form of wild dancing called the tarantella?   Though the tarantula may look venomous, it is actually harmless to humans.   When threatened a tarantula will first rear up on its hind legs and raise its fangs in an aggressive posture to scare off the attacker.   

As you can see you can learn interesting things about bugs in this book.  If you have a child who enjoy observing bugs and want to learn more from them you might have a little entomologist in your hands.  Why not encouraging him/her by providing a fun book to bring along in their science discoveries?

The Pocket Genius series has eight titles at this point in time: Rocks and Minerals, Animals, Sharks, Dinosaurs, Space, Earth, Bugs, and Ancient Egypt. Other titles comings in 2013 will be Mammals, Horses, Human Body, and Science.

Pocket Genius Bugs is available at your favourite boosktore, even and


The book is also available in the Kindle format.

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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