Minibeasts with Jess French: Masses of Mindblowing Minibeast Facts!

Minibeasts with Jess French: Masses of Mindblowing Minibeast Facts! 128p. glossary. index. photos. Bloomsbury Wildlife. May 2018. pap. $18. ISBN 9781472939555.
Gr 5 Up—French wears many hats: zoologist, veterinarian, TV host, author, and, most of all, ardent admirer of a fascinating species she calls minibeast: a nontaxonomic term for minute invertebrate species that have, according to her, "incredible superpowers." Although minibeasts could technically be any invertebrate, French focuses on four types: arthropods, annelids, flatworms, and molluscs. With over 250 close-up photographs and amazingly detailed facts, this book will have readers absorbed in chapters about ant assassin bugs, zombie spiders, Saharan silver ants, and a slimeshooter worm that lives in the rainforest. Found in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Africa (the text doesn't identify any specific countries or regions in Africa), the ant assassin bug is an invertebrate within the Hemiptera order, all of which have curved hollow beaks. It uses its beak to suck juice from the bodies of other ants and then puts the remains onto its back to wear as a coat that acts as camouflage. This browsable title is excellent for pleasure reading and school reports. Included is an abundance of facts and an excellent glossary with more than 60 definitions.
VERDICT A must-have for budding minibeast fans.

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