Skip to main content

Yucky Worms by Vivian French, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg and Insect Detective by Steve Voake, illustrated by Charlotte Voake

Almost every child I have ever had the pleasure of knowing has been fascinated by bugs, which usually also involved some form of "playing " with them... Yucky Worms by Vivian French, with pictures by Jessica Ahlberg, illustrator of the Toon Tellegen's marvelous forest books, the first of which is The Squirrel's Brithday and other Parties and Insect Detective, written by Steve Voake, author of the excellent chapter book series Daisy Dawson and illustrated by his cousin, Charlotte Voake. If you can only buy two books for the little bug lovers in your life, these are the two you MUST have. Both read a bit like a story but are chock full of information and, best of all, both books have an index at the end of the book that is accompanied by sections called "How to Be a Bug Detective" and "How to Be a Wormologist," respectively.

Yucky Worms is definitely one of those books for toddlers who are just starting to develop their information databases and can repeat back fascinating facts that usually catch adults off guard. Besides very funny thought bubbles for the worms throughout the book, there is a diagram of a worm's parts as well as other interesting facts.

The story of the book, which is printed in a different font from the scientific information, begins in a backyard and follows a little boy and his grandmother as they spend the morning gardening. When Grandma digs up a worm, the little boy says, "Yuck! Throw it away!" And the story begins.




Insect Detective takes a more global approach to bug hunting and begins with the words, "Right now, all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things. but you can't always see them right away."

As with Yucky Worms, the story and facts are printed in different text in Insect Detective. A slightly more rambling look at the tiny worlds that exist around us and at our feet, Insect Detective asks readers to listen and look, dig and delve as they explore the world of bugs. From wasps and ants to moths and caterpillars, Charlotte Voake's airy watercolor invite the reader to explore the illustrations just as Steve Voake's text invites the reader to explore the natural world.


Vivian French and Charlotte Voake have also teamed up to create Caterpillar Caterpillar, which is part of Candlewick Press's Read and Wonder series of paperback non-fiction that read like beautifully illustrated picture book, filled with information on the animal and natural world and just right for the new reader (and explorer).




Comments

Yucky worms is going straight on my wish list! It would be absolutely perfect for me to, I'm so glad I found it via you!
Tanya said…
Excellent! I was really impressed with the presentation of the scientific facts in a book for the 5 and under crowd. It doesn't talk down to them but also entertains...

Popular posts from this blog

Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff - Projects You Can Build For (and With) Kids! by Scott Bedford

On his personal website, Scott Bedforddescribes himself as an "Award Winning Online Creative Professional" working within the advertising and design industry. What is more interesting (and applicable here) is how hisWhat I Made website came to be. While sitting in a Starbucks with his restless young sons, trying to enjoy his latte, Bedford created something out of coffee stir sticks that ended up keeping his boys entertained, finishing his coffee in peace and sparking (re-sparking, really) his creative drive and reminding him of the "enormous joy gained from making things, even simple things, and that this joy is not the complexity or quality of the finished project but in the process of making itself. On Bedford'sWhat I Made website, he even shares Six Cool Coffee Shop Crafts for Kidsthat you can try out next time you want to enjoy your coffee and your kids are making that difficult. I've shared two below - be sure to check out the website and see the rest!

Be…

POP-UP: Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book, paper engineering by Ruth Wickings, illustrations by Frances Castle RL: All ages

POP-UP:  Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book with paper engineering by Ruth Wickings and illustrations by Frances Castle is THE COOLEST BOOK EVER!!!  I know that I haven't dedicated much time to pop-up books here, but they have always held a special place in my heart, and the phrase "paper engineering" is a favorite of mine. Although I didn't know what it was at the time, I did go through a paper engineering phase when I was ten or so. I would sneak off to the back of the classroom during independent work periods and go to town on the construction paper and glue and make these little free-standing dioramas. A huge fan of The Muppet Show (the original), I reconstructed the all-baby orchestra from an episode, drawing and coloring each baby and his/her instrument then gluing them onto a 3D orchestra section I had crafted out of brown construction paper.  I also made a 3D version of Snidely Whiplash throwing Nell off a cliff with Dudley Do-Right wa…

How to Choose Age Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers

How to Choose Age Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers remains the most read post on my blog since I wrote it in 2012. Because of this, I have cleaned up this post, tightened the writing and added in any pertinent information that has come about since it originally ran. When I first started books4yourkids.com in August of 2008, I was scrambling for content, finding my purpose and my voice and not always doing my best writing. How to Choose Age Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers was one of the first articles I wrote and, as a bookseller and a book reviewer, and now as an elementary school librarian where I have gone from working with kids reading well beyond their grade level to kids reading well below, this philosophy remains my organizing principle and central focus when reading and recommending books to parents and children. 

In the interest of my mission and the attention this article continues to receive, I have updated and expanded this article and included a guide to using …