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The Beetle Alphabet Book : Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books - Jerry Pallotta

The Beetle Alphabet Book

Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books

By: Jerry Pallotta, David Biedrzycki (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9781570915512
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old

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Learn your beetles from A to Z as they crawl their way through the alphabet. Get to know the most diverse species on earth in this entertaining and informative nature ABC book. From the Dung Beetle to the Kalahari Beetle to the Zinc Metallic Beetles, the book is both fact-filled and fun for young readers. Full of Jerry Pallotta's signature humor and brought to life with bold artwork by award-winning illustrator, David Biedrzycki. A great introduction for the insect-enthused and lovers of all things that creep and crawl.

Beetle-mania runs wild in Jerry Pallotta's latest nature ABC, The Beetle Alphabet Book, illustrated by David Biedrzycki. From African Goliath to Zinc Metallic Beetles, the book is both informative and humorous, benefiting from Biedrzycki's lush illustrations. The text ranges from educational (e.g., "The male Giraffe Beetle uses his unique neck to roll up leaves") to entertaining ("It is not polite to ask a ladybug her age").
--Publishers Weekly

A fascinating look at beetles from A to Z, offering readers a wide array of intriguing facts with a bit of humor tossed in. Children are encouraged to recognize the differences between beetles and non-beetles. ("I am a spider, not a beetle...Spiders have eight legs, not six.") The author's enthusiasm for his subject and his fresh quick-moving style of writing add to the appeal. Biedrzycki's realistic illustrations are bold, colorful, and painstakingly detailed. The artwork is absolutely luminous, giving a beauty to these insects. It will draw readers in, but the text will keep them turning pages. This combination of glorious illustrations and interesting information makes for a fine addition to any science collection.
--School Library Journal

With its eye-poppingly vivid computer-enhanced pictures and kid-friendly snippets of entertaining information, this title makes a solid addition to the growing list of Jerry Pallotta/David Biedrzycki collaborations. Each page presents a fact or two about an alphabetical array of beetles with an occasional fact explaining what separates beetles from spiders and other insects. The pictures are gorgeous, placing the focus squarely on the beetles and blowing the critters up to fill the page. Each illustration, except the first, also contains a silhouette of the featured beetle. A map to show where in the world this astonishing variety of beetles can be found would have been a nice addition, as would some help in identifying which of the five metallic beetles on the Z page is the Zinc Metallic Beetle. The hand lettering on the diagram of beetle anatomy may challenge some young readers, but who won't enjoy discovering that beetles have seven hearts? This lively introduction to the abundant and extraordinarily diverse world of beetles will surely inspire a few coleopterists (beetle specialists). Special note: The artist has hidden the names of the Beatles and many of their songs within the intricate patterns and fine little hairs on the beetles. It is guaranteed to puzzle children and to drive adults nuts as they hunt for them.
--Library Media Connection

ISBN: 9781570915512
ISBN-10: 1570915512
Series: Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st February 2004
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 27.94  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.5