Cover image for Bonkers about beetles / Owen Davey.
Bonkers about beetles / Owen Davey.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Flying Eye Books, 2018.

Physical Description:
37 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
What are beetles? -- A way of life -- By design -- Born this way -- Come to light -- Making a meal of things -- Dress for success -- You can't run, but you can hide -- A form of self defense -- Spot on -- Weird and wonderful -- Little and large -- To scale -- And the award goes to -- Beetle mythology -- Conservation.
Did you know... that the horned dung beetle can pull over a thousand times its own weight? With over 400,000 known species of beetles on earth, there are endless curious crawling creatures to discover! Shares information on different types of beetles.


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595.76 DAV Book Junior Collection

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A Children's Book Council 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12.

Owen Davey's dynamic art and witty informational tidbits shine a light on the toughest bugs in the insect world: those brawny beetles!

Did you know that there are roughly 400,000 different species of beetles? These incredible creatures make up about 25% of all animals on our planet! Beetles are superbly adapted to life in various climates across the world, wherever trees and flowers are found. From the mighty Goliath beetle to the beautiful iridescent scarab beetle, this captivating and stunningly illustrated guide will teach you everything you need to know about these fascinating insects.

Author Notes

Owen Davey is a freelance illustrator, living and working out of Leicester, UK. He graduated with a First Class Degree in Illustration from Falmouth University and his work has since been published in every continent except Antarctica, including picture books in UK, America, Australia, Germany, France, Portugal, China & Korea. He has also worked for some impressive clients including the New York Times, Microsoft and Orange.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Davey offers a fact-filled, strikingly illustrated introduction to beetles (an addition to the About Animals series). Working in a dramatic graphic style, Davey renders the beetle subjects with crisp, geometric precision, while representing the exquisite range of colors and patterns to be found among the roughly 400,000 known species. Sections with playful headings (such as "Born This Way") explore topics including beetle life cycles and metamorphosis, while infographics convey details about beetle anatomy, biology, and behavior: one chart demonstrates fireflies' flight and flash patterns. Elsewhere, images focus on the beauty and ecological resilience of particular species: a longhorn beetle shows how its blotchy black, gold, and orange markings allow it to camouflage itself against tree bark. Davey offers a dazzling exploration of some of Earth's most diverse, ubiquitous-not to mention, kaleidoscopic-insects. Ages 5-9. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.