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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.