Weird Butterflies & Moths – text by Ronald Orenstein, photography by Thomas Marent


81ktxr2shcl Weird Butterflies & Moths – text by Ronald Orenstein, photography by Thomas Marent, Firefly Books, (9781770858145), 2016.

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

What did you like about the book? Starting with an eye-catching cover, Orenstein, a Canadian zoologist and writer and Marent, a Swiss photographer, give readers close-up views of an assortment of unusual and striking butterflies and moths.  Each one or two page spread is filled with vivid photos of butterflies and moths as adults, but there are also examples in other stages: egg, caterpillar, and cocoon. Browsers will find a feast for their eyes but may need to seek out additional information on the topic if they are writing reports. Concise text provides the name and scientific name of the insect as well as a short paragraph of relevant information about each of the pictured insects.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to readers from grade 4 – 7 who enjoy reading or browsing books about nature.

As in Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths, the emphasis here is on photos of the insects; some of which are startlingly lovely while others appear incredibly strange.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, middle school libraries, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other books about butterflies in 595.78.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, if you would enjoy seeing and learning about some unusual butterflies and moths.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  12/15/16

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