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The Beetle Book

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  550 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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 m
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published April 2nd 2012)
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Lu Benke
Absolutely wonderful! I didn't plan to read all the "fine print" (the font is extra small on each page giving more emphasis to the eye-popping illustrations of beetles) but couldn't help myself. I am positive this books is going to create some careers in entomology. The illustrations pull you in and ask you to examine all the parts of the beetle's body and wonder why the texture Jenkins chose fits with that particular bug. Librarians, be prepared to check out an insect guide with this one as I d ...more
I must admit that this was a difficult read because the illustrations are so detailed and realistic that I felt squeamish...that being said, I recommend this book to those that enjoy studying insects. The information is comprehensive, intriguing, and presented in such a way that the reader can pick and choose which information they want to read. For example, if you just want to know the names of beetles, you can read that; but if you want to know when a particular beetle is most active, where it ...more
Paul  Hankins
Non-fiction in the elementary school classroom? Guy readers? Bug enthusiasts?

Love this one from Steve Jenkins, a name classroom teachers will want to know. As with BONES, the illustrations within the book are so rich. . .and the silhouettes are the actual size and shape of the beetles discussed in the book.

Expanded view diagrams of a typical beetle would work well with a projection system when talking about beetles.

A must-have for younger readers! Packed with information.
This book will whet young appetites for beetles – learning about them, at least. With over 350,000 different species, readers are sure to encounter some of them in their lifetimes. Steve Jenkins presents almost 80 beetles in this introduction to beetle types, morphology, adaptations, and life cycles. You will come away amazed at all of the different varieties and the strategies these insects have evolved in order to survive (several species use chemical warfare to fend off predators!). Jenkins’ ...more
I saw the cover on our to-order list of books and knew immediately that I wanted to take a look at the book, the illustrations inside live up to the cover. Jenkins bright and precise illustrations of beetles are dazzling and immediately will grab any reader's attention, the information inside the books is fun and full of interesting facts about beetles and I think would great in getting a child interested in beetles or for a child already interested in nature something new to read about. Once ag ...more
This book is truly everything beetle. From the dust jacket flaps to the publisher’s Cataloging-in-Publication page and everything in between, the reader is introduced to beetles, known and, more than likely, unknown. Even the page numbers are encased in a beetle silhouette! Jenkins’ torn and cut-paper collages show amazing detail and, when compared to photographic images of the beetles, are strikingly accurate. The pages are nicely organized with 2-3 sentence chunks about various topics such as ...more
Jenkins, S. (2012). The Beetle Book. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin.

Additional Information: Intermediate (4-6)

Summary: Calling all science lovers and insect enthusiasts! This book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about beetles. Highlights include diversity within the species and adaptation for survival.

Notable Awards/Reviews: Booklist starred 04/01/12 (Vol. 108, No. 15), Parents' Choice Gold Award 2012, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 06/01/12, Publishers Weekly star
that was a fascinating book
Non-fiction at it's best. Steve Jenkins never disappoints and this Beetle Book is no exception. Recommended for young nature lovers and all school and library collections.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not particularly found of insects, but I am fond of books by Steve Jenkins. His cut paper collage never ceases to amaze me in it's detail and beauty. And when you add his skill to a topic as fascinating and diverse as that of beetles you end up with a book that it is easy to pore over looking at every detail. Jenkins does a nice job of picking out some of the most interesting of the more than 300,000 different types of beetles in the world and highlighting the ...more
Edward Sullivan
Another fabulous nature book from Steve Jenkins packed with amazing illustrations and great information.
I found this book while shelving in our non-fiction section of the library, and was drawn to the beautiful illustrations. Jenkins paints gorgeous beetles that don't make you cringe or want to run--I used some of the pictures to try to copy using watercolor pencils in my monthly watercolor group. Mine don't come close to his paintings, but he is such a fantastic inspiration. I loved the inclusion of full Latin names as well as common names, and the part of the world these interesting creatures ca ...more
The Styling Librarian
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins- Brilliant book, front to back, even from a very anti-bug person. I found this book quite readable, just like all of Steve Jenkins’ books. My son thought the book was absolutely fantastic. Really fascinating facts about poisons, body parts, and so much more… I recently read and reviewed Steve Jenkins other newer book – The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins which mentioned The Beetle Book and teased with a few illustrations… Hope other school libraries have this in the ...more
Wow. I knew practically nothing about beetles compared to what I know after reading this book. Who knew there were so many kinds of beetles in the world? Interesting facts. I know some kids are going to be fascinated by the info. given. A few beetles and their traits mentioned. The illustrations were interesting, too. Amazing how big and how small some types are. I think this will be a popular choice for Beehives.

2014-2015 Beehive nominee

(I spend the entire time reading this book hearing in my h
Mary Ann
Jenkins introduces readers to a wide variety of beetles, their common features and what makes different species unique. As Jenkins tells readers, out of all living plants and animals on earth, "one in every four will be a beetle." Throughout the focus is on how beetles have evolved and adapted to their many, varied environments. Using his signature cut-paper collage, Jenkins illustrates beetles of many different sizes and shapes in fascinating detail and colors, enlarged for dramatic effect. Eac ...more
Jim Erekson
Some things about this book bothered me at first look, but a full reading brought me back around.

1. In my experience kids prefer 'fact books' with photographs or photorealism. So the paper cutouts are extremely beautiful, but I wonder whether children would be constantly wondering what a 'real' beetle looks like. However, because of the subject matter the torn and cut paper almost feels photorealistic. My concerns diminished the longer I looked at the book.

2. The standardized format of each pa
This book was filled with beetles in all shapes and sizes. It was a pretty good overview of the different types, what they did, and how they functioned. The author was very specific about letting readers know when a beetle was the size portrayed or actually larger or smaller than depicted and that was really helpful. There were black silhouettes throughout the book that showcased the actual sizes of various beetles. In the back there was an index of all the beetles by latin name with page number ...more
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating array of these numerous insects and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.

Jenkins colorful illustrations are torn and cut-paper collage. They vary in size, with numerous actual size sihouettes shown at the bottom of many pages. My favorite images are back cover, beetle variations, beetle parts, rhinoceros beetles, growing up, dung beetles, let's talk, and wasp beetle.

Jenkins book is organized by beetle characteristics such
Like some of the other reviewers have indicated, a new book by Steve Jenkins is always reason to celebrate. His torn- and cut-paper collage illustrations of beetles in this title are sure to lure young readers because of their incredible detail and the ornate colors they contain. Even after I finished the book, I kept returning to its pages to look again at the world's largest beetle, the titan beetle with its powerful jaws, and the colorful African goliath beetle. The aptly named violin beetle ...more
Kids will enjoy learning lots of strange and unusual facts about different kinds of beetles from this book and, after reading, should be able to remark on the common traits of beetles. With so many beetles in the world, it's a wonder that Jenkins was able to pare down the facts into one 40-page picture book. Yet he manages to provide a kid-friendly overview of the Beetle family as well as briefly highlighting many, many beetles (over 75 different beetles, in fact), some familiar, some unusual. A ...more
Pamela ☼what?!? you want more gruel☼ Tee
IF you have a child(ren) interested in insects, then you definitely need to check out THE BEETLE BOOK.

Bright and colorful, Steve Jenkins has pulled together a great science book that gives all sorts of facts about beetles in a manner that's entertaining, and not overwhelming.

Jenkins uses illustrations in this book instead of photos. And most of the images of the huge variety of beetles that he introduces the reader to, are double in size.

Jenkins displays the various shapes and colors that beet
Danielle Harriger
PB 29: I liked this book because it presented a plethora of information alongside colorful pictures so that children can keep interested in the book. I loved that it presents many types of beetles in a way so that children can easily identify and differentiate beetles from one another. I think this is important because it allows children to reflect on the differences and similarities among beetles. I believe that Jenkins picked out the most interesting facts about the various beetles so that chi ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Jul 18, 2012 Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone of any age interested in insects.
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I love this book. I do love bugs except when they're in my house or on me so I have to admit to some bias. But the book is so well done I think I am being fair.

First off, the illustrations are gorgeous. This is partially because the bugs themselves are so beautiful, but also because of the cut paper look to them. (Not sure how it's done but that's what it looks like.) There are gobs of illustrations and they all illustrate the text. If a bug is mentioned, it is pictured, both in color and a sil
Of Steve Jenkins' books, I've only read Actual Size, but after reading The Beetle Book, I think it's safe to say that any book of his is a book worth reading. Actual Size is one of the best crowd-pleasing picture books I know of (seriously, show that to a bunch of kids, any age, and you WILL hear the "Whoa!!"s and "Cooooool!"s left and right). The Beetle Book has the same elements: really interesting facts about animals, fantastic paper cut-outs (I love his technique of creating the hairy legs o ...more
Jenkins has created, using torn and cut paper collage, a colorful and vibrantly beautiful picture book filled with facts about beetles. Starting with the fact, “line up every kind of plant and animal on earth and one of every four will be a beetle,” he then proceeds to show the enormous variety from the basic body of an insect with hardened wing casings that protect the inner wings used to fly. There are large annotated illustrations that show a stag beetles, ladybird (or ladybug) beetles, Japan ...more
Mackenzie Beals
This book tells the reader everything you need to know about beetles! You learn about the parts of a beetle, how they battle, their life cycle, how they communicate, their disguises, their size, and the list goes on! The content is easy for readers to understand. The sentences on each page are simple and to the point. The illustrations are creatively made from cut and torn paper collage. This would be a great read aloud book or independent reading book for students.
Danielle Butler
This book intrigues children to read and research about beetles. This book holds a great amount of information for children to enjoy. The book has silhouettes throughout that show the actual size of each beetle for a nice comparison. The illustrations show great detail of each beetle that is mentioned. I was curious as to whether these drawings accurately showed the image of the beetle so I did some further research. I looked up images of the frog beetle mentioned on page 4 because the unique re ...more
Brittany May
Review: With the love of brightly decorated illustrations and the hatred of bugs, I would still recommend this book to any young reader-even if they hate bugs too! It presents the details of beetles that even I didn't know. Kids learn new things everyday, but to focus on one thing at a time makes room for even more exploration. This is an awesome example of that.

Summary: The book starts with one quarter of every kind of plant and animal on Earth is a beetle. After an overview of body structure,
Steve Jenkins is brilliant, and this is another example of why. Must-have book for any child, classroom, or library. Beautiful torn and cut paper collage work, fantastic research -- all in all, just a great resource for any boy, bug lover, outdoor enthusiast, or naturalist child at heart!

And wow, did you know there are more than 30,000 different kinds of scarab beetle? Or that the Titan beetle can snap a pencil in half with its jaws? Just a couple of the fab facts inside this book. Make sure to
Lady Lioness
Making my way through PW's current Stars So Far list.

This book is an excellent beginning resource on beetles. I had no idea that lightning bugs or ladybugs were considered beetles. Mostly because I tend to avoid nature at all cost. The illustrations were colorful and non-threatening for the most part, except for the extreme close-up on page 19, which, I admit, made me eek. Jenkins also scatters life-sized silhouettes throughout the book, allowing for easy comparison with a finger or hand. The
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