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The best boy's book ever?,
This review is from: Extreme Insects (Paperback)
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With some books, you get the impression that the creative effort put into the book stopped immediately after the title and cover photo were agreed. Thereafter the rest is simply filler to the required thickness, and the book passes from publisher to "The Works" with barely a pause at a respectable bookseller.
Do NOT dismiss Extreme Insects as such a book. This is a book that has clearly been created through the application of thorough research, a good deal of expertise and genuine enthusiasm. This is without doubt, the best book on insects I own, and is both a pleasure and an education to read.
At first glance, the book is simply a look at record-breaking insects. So you find the "Best jumper", "Best Eyesight", "Smallest Egg" and the "Spikiest Insect". Additionally you find "Most bizarre reverse metamorphosis" and "longest ovipositor" amongst dozens of others. Each "winner" is rewarded with a full-page photograph and a page of description which details it's genus, habitat and characteristics. But behind the glossy coffee-table presentation, is over 280 pages of entomological knowledge, and it comes as no surprise to find the index at the back of the book lists all the insects' common AND scientific names. It's a reference book in disguise!
Everyone who sees this book picks it up and is quickly captivated by it. In fact one might almost not need to read it, as they invariably delight in reading out large sections of it.
Accessable and informative for all, this book is essential for anyone with even a passing interest in insects, and is a perfect present for a loved male in your family: Unreservedly recommended!