Praise for Bug Butts
WINNER, Animal Behavior Society's (ABS) Outstanding Children's Book Award for 2010
Quoted from the award letter:
"We are pleased to announce that Bug Butts, by Dawn Cusick, has been selected as the winner of the Animal Behavior Society’s (ABS) Outstanding Children’s Book Award for 2010. In class testing with over 232 elementary-school students throughout the United States, children selected Bug Butts as their clear favorite among four finalist books selected by members of the ABS Outstanding Children’s Book Award Committee. The four finalist books were selected out of a cohort of dozens of book submissions.
School Library Journal
Reviewed by Christine Royce
The ability to grab students’ attention and engage them in reading is often enhanced by the “ick” factor. This book definitely will grab some readers' attention as they delve into the realistic details in this book. This topic might seem disgusting to adults, but it will captivate students as they learn about anatomical adaptations that allow some insects to survive.
The book is well researched and has been reviewed by multiple scientists in the entomology field. It contains colorful illustrations and captivating descriptions of how bugs use their butts. Each two-page spread provides an illustration and a narrative. Examples of topics include how insects use their abdominal adaptations to survive, move, and fight. Vocabulary about insect anatomy as well as insect names are provided where appropriate and flow smoothly within the text. The end of the book provides illustrations and information that is grade-level appropriate; this covers the actual anatomy of an insect and describes how food is ingested by a bug and eventually excreted by the particular butt in question.
Also included is an index and glossary that will enhance students' understanding. While it is often said that a book will be a good addition to the classroom library, this book will be a great addition to the classroom or school library. It will engage readers in a topic that is often not talked about—in the words of young readers "butts"—while at the same time provide them with accurate information about adaptations of insects that help them to survive.
Review posted on 9/28/2009
SB&F (Science Books & Film, AAAS)
Mary Ann Grossman
Butts and poop. Could any kid, especially a boy, resist that combination? Dawn Cusick uses kids' interest in all things gross to teach about the world's insects in this book that gives information so cleverly young readers won't even realize they are learning. The premise is that bugs use adaptations in their rear ends in lots of ways. Cusick answers such riveting questions as: "How far can caterpillars shoot their poop?" (Up to 40 times farther than the length of their bodies.) Did you know bark beetles use their poop to communicate? Well, they do.
"Bug Butts" is illustrated with big, boldly colored pictures by Haude Levesque, who just finished a post-doctoral degree in fish pheromones at the University of Minnesota. She learned digital illustrating techniques in a U of M insect illustration course taught by Dr. Ralph Holzenthal.