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Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
What Makes a Bug a Bug? (Animal Classes) is a fun bedtime storybook to teach small children a little science. Author Andi Cann introduces kids to a bright, happy little boy named Bucky who is reading a “magic mystery book” (a science book, of course!) with his dog Bingo. Bucky is learning all about the complicated world of insects. How can you tell the difference between a true insect and things that are just small like worms? Bucky learns the rule of 6:3:2 and isn’t in doubt any longer. The insect world can be confusing, but it’s not hard for Bucky to get it right once he knows the trick.
Andi Cann’s book is really great for cutting straight to the simple facts kids need to be learning. Scientific terminology can be a little complex, but a simple method like 6:3:2 (insects have 6 legs, 3 body parts, and 2 antennae), lined up with some large, vivid illustrations of actual insects will give kids something to latch onto and actually remember as they try to locate the 6 legs and 3 body parts. Or, of course, to find out where they are missing, in which case that creature is not a true insect. What Makes a Bug a Bug? (Animal Classes) gets right into the action so kids can start identifying why a spider (an arachnid) is different and point to pictures of true insects and other creepy crawlies until they can spot the necessary 6:3:2 features. The conversational tone makes this spirited, cheerful little book a natural for a read-aloud session, and combines education and hands-on fun in a cute way.