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MICRO MONSTERS: Extreme Encounters with Invisible Armies

Author: Nam Nguyen

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Publisher: Kingfisher,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This book offers a up close look at a miniature universe that is populated by such creatures as dust mites, ticks, Army ants, weevils and the head louse. Micro photography magnifies these bizarre critters giving the reader a real close up image of each subject. The accompanying text contains facts and a smattering of information about each creature. You’ll find a glossary at the back of the book also. This is an illustrated nonfiction book for engaging kids in books with a great

Type of Reading: independent reading, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 11

Interest Level: 7 to 11

Reading Level: 5.7

Age of Child: Read with a 7-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: The child found the photos interesting but I don't think he was totally aware of what he was looking at!

Adult Reader Reaction: For older children this is an excellent way of introducing objects which are all but impossible to see with the human eye.

Pros: The photography is fantastic and the text does a decent job of explaining what you are seeing.

Cons: This could be a little scary for a younger child.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If you are a science teacher buy this book; otherwise borrow it first and then decide if you wish to own it!


Educational Themes: There is a lot to explore with this book. In addition to learning about incredibly small animals and insects, you can use this book to talk about photography and magnification.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, science, nature, animals

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2010

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