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Inside this book, meet 12 insects that take defense to a whole new level. From caterpillars that disguise themselves as blobs of bird poop to beetles that repel predators with poisonous, boiling-hot farts, every page is packed with truly unbelievable facts. Perfect for reluctant readers, these books deliver life sciences in the creepiest, yuckiest way possible!

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
BISACS JNF003120, JNF003000, JNF051150
Genre Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Nonfiction
Copyright 2018
Publisher Ruby Tuesday Books
Series The Secret Lives of Insects
Language English
Number of Pages 32
ISBN 9781788560108, 9781788560115, 9781684026487
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 595
Dimensions 8 x 10
Guided Reading Level S
Lexile Reading Level 950
Author Ruth Owen

Booklist Review of Disguises, Explosions, and Boiling Farts: Bizarre Insect Defenses

In riveting close-up photographs, a dozen insects display—or, in stomach-churning detail, actually demonstrate—a range of natural defenses, from mimicry and camouflage to venomous spines, poisonous foam, and squirts of formic acid. The content caters to thrill seekers (the Exploding Carpenter ant covers attackers in “poisonous yellow gloop”) and to budding zoologists who want to know about exact anatomical features and chemical processes (Bombardier beetles shoot boiling spray from their “butts of fire”). Accompanying facts and graphics back up the informal but vivid general commentary with plenty of “Science Stuff.” The back matter is perfunctory at best, as is the single simple (safe) science demonstration, but both sorts of readers will nonetheless find this entry in The Secret Lives of Insects series (4 titles) a blast.

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