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Insect Detective
( by Steve Voake/ illus. Charlotte Voake, Candlewick $16.99 Score: )

There are a lot of jazzier bug books out there, with tons of factoids and bright, even garish art. In contrast, the Voakes have made a quiet book. The watercolor art is more impressionistic than most non-fiction books. The narrative does not overload the listener with more than is needed. It's an accurate look at some of the most familiar bugs kids can observe. For those who may be fearful of bugs, it may, in fact, be a gentle way of opening young minds to a bigger idea...that we really need these little creatures.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on

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