Beetle Boy: The Beetle Collector's Handbook
This is a unique book that is truly unlike any other. A spin-off from the Beetle Boy trilogy, the collector's handbook is the source of information used by the main character. While this is in some ways a 'fiction' book, it is also a guide to beetles from around the world. In this aspect, it is also has a slight soon on the way information is presented. So unlike a traditional information book about beetles, this does not provide a taxonomy- based listing of species. Rather the author has selected interesting beetles and groupings to highlight. In this way, the book opens a door to the world of beetles for those with a the first inklings of an interest, and points the way for further investigations for those who want to learn more.
What I liked about this book was the inclusion of lots of facts, the beautifully detailed drawings, the level of enthusiasm and enjoyment that the author instills into the subject and the chatty, incidental anecdotes by the narrator. The latter is great at engaging a young audience. I think my children's favourite bit of the book was leaning that that are still lots of beetles to be discovered. When so much of the world seems set out, knowing that this is an area of knowledge still to discover had inspired an even greater enthusiasm for the subject!
As an adult reaxer, I learnt much from this book, and also developed a greater appreciation of the amount of research undertaken in writing the trilogy.
This is a book that our whole family highly recommends!