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The beetle alphabet book
Pallotta, Jerry.
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Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Uses letters of the alphabet to introduce various kinds of beetles.
Reading Level:
IG 630 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 76224.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.2 1 Quiz: 34523 Guided reading level: L.
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QL576.2 .P34 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction STEM

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Learn your beetles from A to Z as they crawl their way through the alphabet. Get to know the most diverse species on earth in this entertaining and informative nature ABC book. From the Dung Beetle to the Kalahari Beetle to the Zinc Metallic Beetles, the book is both fact-filled and fun for young readers. Full of Jerry Pallotta's signature humor and brought to life with bold artwork by award-winning illustrator, David Biedrzycki. A great introduction for the insect-enthused and lovers of all things that creep and crawl.

Author Notes

Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction. His books combine interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations that mesmerize children everywhere. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

David Biedrzycki has collaborated with children's author Jerry Pallotta on The Beetle Alphabet Book , The Boat Alphabet Book , and The Freshwater Alphabet Book . David is the author/illustrator of the Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series as well as the Me and My Dragon series. He lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Pallotta's Beetle Alphabet Book is an example of what artist Paul Zelinsky has referred to as "the alphabet as an excuse." In these books, aimed at children who are probably well versed in their letters, the A-to-Z format works mostly as an organizing principle for facts. Each page in Beetle presents a different insect whose name begins with the featured letter. A few sentences, written in sometimes chirpy language, give information about each bug pictured, which appears in a large, striking computer-generated illustration that highlights every pincer and shell spot. With eye-catching visuals, an engaging theme, and basic information, the book will appeal to a wide age range: preschoolers learning their letters with the help of an older reader as well as elementary-age children ready to dive into the science on their own. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Beetle-mania runs wild in Jerry Pallotta's latest nature ABC, The Beetle Alphabet Book, illus. by David Biedrzycki. From African Goliath to Zinc Metallic Beetles, the book is both informative and humorous, benefiting from Biedrzycki's lush illustrations. The text ranges from educational (e.g., "The male Giraffe Beetle uses his unique neck to roll up leaves") to entertaining ("It is not polite to ask a ladybug her age"). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A fascinating look at beetles from A to Z, offering readers a wide array of intriguing facts with a bit of humor tossed in. Children are encouraged to recognize the differences between beetles and non-beetles. ("I am a spider, not a beetle.-Spiders have eight legs, not six.") The author's enthusiasm for his subject and his fresh, quick-moving style of writing add to the appeal. Biedrzycki's realistic illustrations are bold, colorful, and painstakingly detailed. The artwork is absolutely luminous, giving a beauty to these insects. It will draw readers in, but the text will keep them turning pages. This combination of glorious illustrations and interesting information makes for a fine addition to any science collection.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Celebrate! There is nothing on earth as diverse as beetles. We start this alphabet book with the heaviest beetle around. Excerpted from The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.