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BEETLE BEDLAM

Author: Vlasta van Kampen

Illustrator: Vlasta van Kampen

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Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A bark beetle is hauled before the king of beetles, accused of killing trees. Through the vehicle of the trial, witnesses--various types of beetles from around the world--are introduced to children and they learn about these little insects. This is a book that helps kids learn about nature.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 3.3

Age of Child: Started reading with child 6 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: This was a favorite for several nights recently. The story is good, and the giant illustrations of the various beetles are fascinating to a six-year-old boy.

Adult Reader Reaction: My, but these things are gross when blown up to sizes like 12" x 12". Still, if it's what he wants read, we're happy to oblige.

Pros: You'll learn lots about beetles, including the various types of beetles, what they eat, and how they live.

Cons: The oversized beetles!

Borrow or Buy: Try to buy a used copy, if your child likes bugs and such. Otherwise borrow it. It's worthwhile reading.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JUMP, FROG, JUMP!   I TOOK THE MOON FOR A WALK   FREDERICK

Educational Themes: There is no doubt that this is an entomology story. You can use it to teach biology and natural science.

Notes: This is Out of Print.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animals, nature, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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