Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Paleo Bugs: Survival of the Creepiest

PALEO BUGS: SURVIVAL OF THE CREEPIEST; Timothy J. Bradley; San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2008. 46p. Non-Fiction

Though done up in picture book format, this thorough, readable, fascinating account of prehistoric creeping things is densely textured enough to be better-suited to older children. Bradley has done a masterful job of picturing the ancient creepy creatures that became part of the fossil record. He provides pronunciation for each name, show either with a picture of a hand, or of a child, the size of the creature (some over 9 feet long), and adds sidebar information in an informative but also lighthearted way. Paleo Bugs is an outstanding work of non-fiction for children; expect it to win prizes at year's end.

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