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Wicked Bugs : The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects - Amy Stewart

Wicked Bugs

The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects

By: Amy Stewart, Briony Morrow-Cribbs (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2017
ISBN: 9781565129603
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

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In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes—creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the 'bookworms' that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures.

About the Author

Amy Stewart is the author of nine books, including the new Kopp Sisters series, which began with Girl Waits With Gun and continues with Lady Cop Makes Trouble and Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions. The series is based on the true story of three remarkable sisters who lived in New Jersey a hundred years ago.

She loves to chat with book clubs on Skype, so if your club is reading one of the Kopp Sisters novels, please visit her website to find out how to get in touch!

Amy has also written six nonfiction books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including the New York Times bestsellers The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.

She lives in Portland with her husband Scott Brown, a rare book dealer. They own an independent bookstore called Eureka Books, which is so independent that it lives in California while they live in Oregon.

Industry Reviews

"[Stewart] wrote this book to scare the bugs out of you...Stewart is not an entomologist, but she is a consummate storyteller with a curious mind." - The Oregonian
"A fascinatingly dark look at the world of wonders that buzzes, burrows and reproduces all around us... Stewart's research is prodigious and her writing precise, whether she's telling the tale of a caterpillar that looks like a tiny Persian cat or more about fleas than you ever wanted to know. Read this book and you'll always keep your gardening gloves on...Stewart concentrates on scarily diabolical bugs, to great effect."--Seattle Times
--Entertainment Weekly
"If you've got an insect phobia, this probably isn't the book for you. But if not, dig in, as Stewart gleefully archives more than 100 of earth's creepiest crawlies."--Entertainment Weekly
--Smithsonian.com
"There is a ton of well-researched, fascinating information with terrific and terrifying stories from history ... As Stewart writes, 'we are seriously outnumbered.' It's best we know our enemies."--Smithsonian.com

--NPR's "Weekend Edition"


"There are a number of interesting tidbits in this book, you know, things that you might want to work into a conversation."--Linda Wertheimer, NPR's "Weekend Edition"
--NPR's "Fresh Air"
"From bat bugs -- yes, bat bugs -- to banana slugs to the pork tapeworm, [Stewart] details the most infectious, most terrifying insects on the planet."--NPR's "Fresh Air"

"I read your book, and I'm all itchy."--Dave Davies, NPR's "Fresh Air"

"A word of warning: Some of the descriptions ahead might trigger your gag reflex."--Terry Gross, NPR's "Fresh Air"

--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"Stewart offers witty capsule biographies of dozens of chitin horrors, from the African bat bug to the tsetse fly, with plenty of shout-out for the spiders who haunt our nightmares, including such familiars as black widows and brown recluses." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
--The New York Times
"Wicked Bugs defines bug in the amateur sense -- that is, anything creepy-crawly, including worms, snails, slugs and other insects that are not, technically speaking, bugs. A true bug, Ms. Stewart acknowledges, has six legs and wings, like all insects, as well as piercing and sucking mouthparts. And wicked, she makes clear, lies in the eye of the beholder, whether you're a Roman with scorpions falling into your eyes or a Marylander with stink bugs falling into your hair... Wicked Bugs has some good tips for gardeners, like putting out rolled-up newspaper or cardboard tubes at night to trap earwigs and dumping them into soapy water in the morning... In fact, no bug is truly wicked. It is just eating."--New York Times
--Kirkus Reviews
"[Wicked Bugs] is not a comprehensive field guide but a smorgasbord of facts--ranging from horrible, painful or otherwise discomfiting--about bugs... Stewart's prose is simple and to the point. She lets the little horrors she describes work in the reader's imagination without any hyperbolic help from her. Guaranteed to cause sympathy itching and other discomfort."--Kirkus Reviews
--Washington Post
"This book covers many of the gross, frightening, disgusting, and awful things that bugs can do to you. And it's COOL ... Bugs become less gross, and a lot more interesting, when put into the context of how they have changed human history."--Scientific American blog --Knoxville News-Sentinel
"I should have known it would gross me out, in a deliciously creepy kind of way. It's everything you didn't know you didn't want to know about insects..." - Knoxville News-Sentinel --The Oregonian
"A cavalcade of terrors ... [Wicked Bugs] makes for an entertaining tour of creepy-crawly territory."--Washington Post --Scientific American bog

ISBN: 9781565129603
ISBN-10: 1565129601
Audience: General
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 7
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2017
Publisher: ALGONQUIN BOOKS OF CHAPEL
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.5 x 14.5  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.36

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