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The Insecto-files

Press: Owlkids (April 7, 2009)
Author Name:Becker, Helaine/ Davila, Claudia (ILT)


Most experts believe there are over 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects digging, boring, flying, crawling, and excreting their way in and around the Earth. 
That’s about a billion billion bugs for every single person.
And that’s not even counting their close relatives, the arachnids, which include spiders, lice, ticks, scorpions, and mites.
So, if we humans really are that outnumbered, wouldn’t it be a good idea to learn a little more about our insect overlords? Helaine Becker’s latest activities guide does just that.
Following the same format as her critically acclaimed Science on the Loose, which demystified science through fun and silly experiments, The Insecto-Files investigates the hidden lives of insects.
It blends little-known facts about bugs with a wealth of easy-to-do activities that are as entertaining as they are educational.
Packed with Becker’s trademark blend of energy, irreverence, and information, The Insecto-Files offers budding entomologists a gleeful guerilla approach to learning about the wonderful world of bugs.


Extremely interactive and thought inspiring with questions and experiments that made us want to try them; amazing support illustrations.This book provides children with a fountain of knowledge and insight into the insect world...colorful and comic illustrations will draw the children to the text surrounding them to discover even more.Readers are hooked from the introduction. 
The collection of original experiments and activities encourages kids in an entertaining way to think, do, and learn.A mix of colorful cartoons and realistic drawings of insects provides entertaining and educational visual appeal in this blend of energy, irreverence and information.The Insecto-files is jammed with interesting facts presented in kid-friendly language, with illustrations that vary between scientifically accurate and comic-book funny…[fascinating details] capture the imagination and give opportunities for further discussion and reading.A book packed with fun experiments and fascinating facts about bugs…with 33 experiments listed and indexed and a good list of scientific concepts covered in the book, there is much of interest for would-be entomologists.What separates Becker's book from other insect-focused books is that Becker doesn't just provide fascinating insect facts; she also supplies child-friendly activities or experiments with virtually every two-page 'chapter'.Along with the wealth of information about insects, there are fun activities and cute, charming pictures that will appeal to even the biggest of bug fearers.

About the Author

HELAINE BECKER has published in many children's genres, from humorous verse to educational textbooks. 
Her knack for blending humor and education into a satisfying package that both delights and informs is recognized by critics and booksellers across North America.
Her award-winning books include Boredom Blasters, Secret Agent Y.O.U., and Science on the Loose.
Originally from New York, she lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and raised in Toronto, where she studied Fine Arts at York University.
She is now a freelance designer, illustrator, and graphic artist and used to be the art director of chickaDEE and Chirp magazines.
She lives in Toronto with her daughter and husband, fellow illustrator Michael Cho.


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  •     We learned neat facts about bugs. Haven't tried anything yet, but we keep it out and someone is always flipping through it.


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