Get your gross on with ‘Nasty Bugs’


NASTY BUGS,” by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Will Terry, Dial, Hardcover, March 15, 2012, $17.99 (ages 6-8)

Are you a fan of creepy crawly bugs? Ones that make your friends squirm? Maybe you just like admiring them from afar. “Nasty Bugs” takes readers into the worlds of 16 creepy crawlies through bright illustrations and creative poems.

Wonder why a stink bug stinks? Cynthia S. Cotton explains the reason for their odiferous smell in “Stink Bug;” Lee Bennett Hopkins makes jabs and some stinging pests in “Ode to a Dead Mosquito:” And you’ll never see them coming in April Halprin Wayland’s “Fire Ants.”

There’s nothing cuddly about the nasty bugs. Even presented in this humorous book, there none to friendly. Bold, almost Pixar-esque illustrations give readers a close-up look at maggots, flies and lice.

“Nasty Bugs” is a fun, fast-moving book of poetry. Kids will enjoy the bigger-than-life illustrations and tongue-in-cheek text. Fun facts about each bug, which are found at the end of the book, are an added bonus.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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