By Steve Voake; illustrated by Charlotte Voake
32 pages, ages 5-8
Candlewick Press, 2010
“Right now, all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things,” writes Steve Voake. The problem is, you have to know where to look. Fortunately, this book guides young nature detectives to the best places to find bugs. Hear that scratching sound by the fence? Sneak up and take a peek – it might be a paper wasp scraping at the wood with her jaws. Want to find an ant nest? Follow that ant! Can’t see any insects? It could be they’re hiding in plain sight, camouflaged to blend in with their surroundings. So look closer.
The illustrations provide enough detail to engage readers and are simple enough to encourage curious naturalists to sketch the insects they see. And all kids have to do to see this magical mysterious world is “…open the door and step outside.”
Theme: backyard nature study, observation
Beyond the book: The back pages offer directions for making pitfall traps, constructing bee condos and tell-tale signs that wasps have been gnawing on your picnic table.