Thursday, July 21, 2011

Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders and Other Extreme Bugs

Title:               Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders and Other Extreme Bugs
Category:       Nonfiction
Grade:            2-6
Author:          Deirdre Prischmann
Illustrator:      N/A
Publisher:       Capstone Press
Date:               2008
Pages:             32

An almanac of huge, gruesome, and exotic “bugs,” this book would be a great read for reluctant youngsters who enjoy the gross-out factor.  After a brief overview, each double page spread highlights one strange and creepy crawler. 

The book uses unusual fonts, color, big photographs and lots of captions, snippets and other formats to capture readers’ attention.  Though each spread does have a short “main” writing, pages also feature more unusual formats, such as “recipes” or bug “interviews” to maintain the interest of distractible youngsters.


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