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Children's Nonfiction Insects, Spiders, Etc.

Bugs Up Close

by (author) Diane Swanson

illustrated by Paul Davidson

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Insects, Spiders, etc., Biology
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5


We live on a bug planet. Not only are insects the most numerous species on Earth, they've survived for 400 million years and show no signs of slowing down. Take a look outside: little creatures are creeping, jumping and flying everywhere.

Did someone say little?

Not in this book. In these eye-popping, oversized pages, bugs say cheese big time! Through Paul Davidson's powerful camera lens, see a fly the size of a man's shoe, the 30,000-odd lenses in a dragonfly's eyes, the hair on a bee's legs and much more. Bug-loving science writer Diane Swanson delivers fascinating info about buggy lives, buggy eating and lots of buggy bits, such as antennae, wings and weapons, that help make insects the most widespread animals on Earth.

About the authors

Diane Swanson has been researching and writing nature books for children for over 25 years. Her work has been recognized with many awards, including the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Her titles have been regularly selected for the “our choice” list by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. A frequent guest speaker at conferences on nature for kids, she lives in Victoria, B.C.

Diane Swanson's profile page

In addition to being a photographer, Paul Davidson is a systems engineer who has worked on projects for Bell-Northern Research, NASA and other high-tech organizations. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Paul now lives in Quebec.

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  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada

Editorial Reviews

For a swarm of fascinating facts, this title is highly recommended.

Star Phoenix

Bugs fill important niches in our world. We need them and you need this book. Highly Recommended.

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Librarian Reviews

Bugs Up Close

Enjoy super-sized and close-up images of common North American insects. Get the lowdown on the various buggy bits, such as antennae and wings, that help make insects the most numerous and widespread creatures on Earth. Includes photos, a glossary and index.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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