Wicked Bugs (Young Readers Edition): The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth
Some bugs are annoying, some are destructive, some cause pain, and some are downright deadly. This book has six sections — Deadly Creatures, Everyday Dangers, Unwelcome Invaders, Destructive Pests, Serious Pains, and Terrible Threats — that invite young readers into the world of the unpleasant side of bugs. No cute little ladybugs or lightning bugs here. No. Instead readers will discover flies that lay their eggs in a fire ant with larva that will proceed to eat the ant’s brain until its head falls off or worms that live in human intestines for as long as twenty years or even mites that live their whole lives under the skin of people, causing terrible itching and rash.
This book is perfect for kids who have an interest bugs but are not squeamish. Boy readers more than girls will like this, and reluctant readers will be drawn in. The writing is lively and fun. Author Amy Stewart has chosen well with the creatures she has included, and it is clear she knows her stuff about bugs. Full-color drawings by illustrator Briony Morrow Cribbs will make the squeamish even more so and the non-squeamish perfectly happy. This is a bug-lover’s delight.
Algonquin Young Readers
Amy Stewart • Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Illustrator