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The Beetle Book

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,098 ratings  ·  193 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
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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
So many beetles! Reading this gives you a wealth of beetle facts! Did you know that there is a forest fire beetle with special heat-sensing spots on its body? It can detect a fire from more than 20 miles away. Then it flies to the fire so it can lay its eggs in charred wood, which is now free of predators. And that's just ONE of the MANY beetles you learn about in this book.

I really liked the beetle silhouettes on many of the pages, which show you the actual size of the various beetles. Jenkins
Paul  Hankins
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous nature book from Steve Jenkins packed with amazing illustrations and great information.
Juli Anna
Beautiful book full of luscious collage illustrations and very solid natural history information. This would have been an absolute favorite for me when I was a child.
Jim Erekson
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching-reading
“The Beetle Book” by Steve Jenkins, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; copyright 2012

1. Awards: No awards.
2. Appropriate grade level: 2nd-4th grade
3. Summary: This informational text talks about the many kinds of beetles and their many differences. The book explains the biology of beetles, where beetles live, and describes many unique kinds of beetles.
4. Review: I think this book includes a lot of interesting information about beetles. The illustrations are very well don
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Everything you've ever wanted to know about beetles. This book is chock full of information, illuminated by Jenkins' clever, schematic and beautiful paper cutout illustrations. I personally suffered some information overload leafing through this, and I would have appreciated a chapter index at the front, but my son couldn't get enough of digging into this book. And there is a detailed index of the beetles covered at the end. The book is organized thematically, with one page spread looking at bee ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my six-year-old last night and he is now spouting beetle facts left and right. We were both impressed by the life-sized drawings and silhouettes, and I loved the style of the artwork. My only complaint is that the text is tiny, and the handwriting-like font is a bit hard to read.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
that was a fascinating book
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awesome biology book for children. Lots of great info shared in an easy-to-digest way-- a kid (or adult) can read the whole book, or skip around and read whatever catches their attention. You'll get something out of the book even if you're just flipping through, and are likely to be sucked in even if you didn't mean to be.

My only quibble is that the scale illustrations of the insects. which were black silhouettes, weren't always near the occasionally larger-than-life full color illustrations. Te
Jennifer Heise
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous book, full of beautiful depictions of beetles, and explaining with interesting examples all the basics of beetle life-- such as senses, life cycle, behaviors, etc. Of especially interest is the use of life-size beetle silhouettes as an adjunct to bigger pictures of specific beetles. Fascinating beetle factoids (the biggest beetles, the ones with the fiercest combat parts, and even the best camouflaged -- who knew there was a beetle which can make itself look like a lump of bird p ...more
Francesca Justine
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great non fiction book for young children to see how beetles do things to help them survive, and how many different types of beetles there arena the world. This book treats children like a scientist giving all the information of he animal with there particular illustration. The back matter also gives the children more information about the animals the author talked about in his book like their habitat.
Ashley Biles
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-shelf
Jenkins, S. (2012) The beetle book. Boston, Massachusetts: HMH Books for Young Readers.

This book was set up very similar to his other book, Actual Size. Every beetle in the book had a detailed explanation about what they were, where they lived, ect. There were also some beetles they were in a silhouette that shows their actual size. This was the most interesting part, because you could picture what they would look like in person.
Lauri Meyers
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full color gorgeous illustrations of 75 species of beetle. The variations are compared, the body parts and discussed, beetle attributes, innovative features, senses, beetle battles, life cycle, eating habits, sounds they make, chemicals, camouflage, locomotion. Lots of information presented in an easy to digest format.
Amanda Hughes
I learned so much from reading this intriguing book, and children will too. The illustrations are absolutely incredible. They are both detailed and realistic. I loved the diagrams and beetle silhouettes, which show readers the actual size of the insect. The only things I disliked were the size and style of the font. Nevertheless, I recommend this book to all readers.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is non fiction and with rhythm it tells all about beetles. It tells interesting facts about the beetles all throughout the book.

The media used here seems to be watercolor.

I would teach this book as front loading before teaching a unit on beetles.
Whole And
Excellent images, light on information.
Difficult to identify beetles region specific.
Overall, very interesting for the bug lover.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Lots of facts about beetles compiled in interesting little bites with beautiful pictures of a variety of beetles, fun charts describe body parts and size comparisons.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mary Ann
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone of any age interested in insects.
Shelves: how-picture-book
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
Summer Hemphill
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
*Nonfiction - Informational Text*

Thoroughly informative and vibrantly illustrated, Steve Jenkins', The Beetle Book, was well executed. ]

The Beetle Book is written in large-format. Each page details descriptions of the body structure, behavior, defense mechanisms, and other fun facts of a multitude of beetle species. Along side the text Jenkins used torn paper strips to construct accurately sized replicas of beetle species. These images are a mix of res, blues, oranges, and other basic colors, sh
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ 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
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Steve was born in 1952 in Hickory, North Carolina. His father, who would become a physics professor and astronomer (and recently hid co-author on a book about the Solar System), was in the military and, later, working on science degrees at several different universities. We moved often. Steve lived in North Carolina, Panama, Virginia, Kansas, and Colorado. Wherever ee lived, he kept a menagerie of ...more