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Nick Forshaw, William Exley, Christopher Lloyd



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What on Earth Publishing Ltd








Fly into the engrossing world of bugs with the buzziest book in the What on Earth Explorer series, complete with a nearly 2-metre-long fold-out timeline. Join explorer Agent Eagle on his next mission, as he shares the history and science of our insect friends. From ants and bees, to spiders and wasps, learn what a bug is - scientifically - through an understanding of classifications, body shape identification, communication and more. Uncover the history of bugs, including how they evolved and how they are born and grow, and unearth how they support our environment. A list of great bug explorers, a quiz, name game, and glossary lead you to the grand finale - a fold-out timeline featuring 100 of the creepiest, crawliest, coolest creatures that ever lived - from their first appearance 520 million years ago until today. Explorer: Bugs! by Nick Forshaw and William Exley received the Silver Honor from the 2018 Parents Choice Awards and is a (Youth) Non-Fiction Finalist, 2018 International Book Awards.



This book is part of a series published in association with the Natural History. Already familiar with the tremendous Wallbooks from What On Earth Publishing, I was eager to dive into this new series to find out more about this new offering. The style is delightfully retro; the reader is swiftly introduced to Agent Eagle, aka librarian Eric Eagle of the Eagle-Eyed Explorer Club and he invites us to join him on his secret mission to file a report on the history of bugs. The comic strip introduction is sure to draw young nature fans into the excitement of this adventure. The following chapters introduce the reader to different aspects of insects, from their physical features and classification to their evolution through different prehistoric periods . We learn about explorers in history who were responsible for making important discoveries and we find out detailed information about a whole range of insects, all presented in the style of an explorer's log book. There is a helpful glossary at the back of the book and, best of all, a superbly detailed timeline of insect evolution from the Cambrian Period 520 million years ago right up to the present day. What On Earth produce these so well and this timeline is crying out to be displayed on a bedroom or classroom wall. As a library book, the folded timeline is likely to become rather battered I fear, but it will certainly be enjoyed by many bug fans here! 38 pages / Ages 7-11 / Reviewed by Emily Marcuccilli, school librarian

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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