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Bonkers About Beetles – Owen Davey

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Walker Books

ISBN: 9781911171485
Imprint: NB – Flying Eye
Release Date: August 1, 2018
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99

  • I love Flying Eye books (I may have mentioned that once or twice)
  • I love Owen Davey’s wonderful non-fiction series which brings a world of nature, science and history to kids in a remarkably attractive way.

My own girl, no-longer-Small, just loves bugs of all kinds and has kept them as pets at various times and she’s certainly not the only one who has a fascination for these marvellous creatures (though some think they have way too many legs for comfort).

With chapters such as ‘Dressed for Success’, ‘Beetle Mythology’ and ‘Conservation’ this book covers the immense scope of beetles with admirable and judicious selection of facts bound to intrigue young readers.  I particularly love the double spread on ‘By Design’ with its hugely informative labelling.

As well as writing the body of the text in an easily accessible manner suited to young readers, Davey also ensures that scientific terminology and nomenclature is included, thus providing extension for the more able reader.

 

The illustrations in their uniquely stylised manner are, as always, simply gorgeous. This is the sort of book (as are others in the series) that children will return to over and over again.

I highly recommend this for your budding entomologists from around eight years upwards.

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Smart about Sharks – Owen Davey

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Walker Books

October 2016

ISBN:  9781909263918
Imprint:  NB – Flying Eye

RRP $27.99

I’ve mentioned previously my childhood geeky obsession with factual books so when glorious new ones arrive in packages I’m always thrilled. This is the first of a few over which I shall rave.

It’s unfortunate that the image doesn’t reveal the wonderful tactile pleasure of the retro-style binding and pages but I shall try to do justice this slice of informational deliciousness.

I can’t say I’ve ever really wanted to know much about sharks, although Miss Small has considered them favourites of hers for a long time, but this beauty just begged for me to read and wonder over many quirky and interesting facts.

From the weird and wonderful to the feeding frenzy this is just a joy throughout.

Considering the high profile sharks have in this country – and for my two cents’ worth if you don’t want to face one then don’t go into their home! – I think many young readers will relish this.

Highly recommended for primary libraries and children with an interest in nature.

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