The Beetle Book

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 31 pages
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Beetles squeak and beetles glow. Beetles stink, beetles sprint, beetles walk on water. With legs, antennae, horns, beautiful shells, knobs, and other oddities—what’s not to like about beetles? The beetle world is vast: one out of every four living things on earth is a beetle. There are over 350,000 different species named so far and scientists suspect there may be as many as a million. From the goliath beetle that weighs one fourth of a pound to the nine inch long titan beetle, award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating array of these intriguing insects and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.


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User Review  - tierneyc - LibraryThing

The Beetle Book. Written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012. 34 pages. $16.99 hbk. 978-0547680842. Grades K-6. Steve Jenkins’s book ... Read full review

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User Review  - anita.curry - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating non fiction book about beetles. I really enjoy the interesting facts that it tells about the beetles. I also enjoyed the illustrations of all of the different beetles. Read full review

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Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page. Visit Steve at

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