Published: 06/05/2015
eISBN: 9781784625542
Format: eBook

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She has written several natural history books but admits she has lots to learn. Snakes, St Martin’s Press, RSPB My First Book Of Garden Birds, A&C Black, The Garden Bird Book, BTO, New Holland Publ... read more

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Despicable Bugs
Books To Make You Vomit
by S L Whittley

This is a thoroughly nasty series of books aimed at a particular kind of person. If you faint at the thought of a scary insect – DON’T BUY THIS BOOK, or if you get upset by the knowledge that the world’s biggest killer is an insect, then go and buy a book about flowers. This book is really despicable.

From a parasites that takes over a brain, spiders that hide in bananas and can kill you in minutes, to a tapeworm the size of a bus; this dreadful book is only interested in insects and spiders that can cause serious harm, either to humans or other animals. Benign herbivores are not included in this book.

The light-hearted, humorous and downright gruesome text will hopefully encourage even the most reluctant of readers to finish this book, because it is so incredibly horrible.

Each creature is simply illustrated (by the author) with line drawings; making sure particularly nasty features are highlighted. As well as learning about the creature’s more gruesome attributes, the sheer wonderfulness of the creature and their importance in the natural world will be told.

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I have had some lovely reviews of Despicable Bugs, here are some from Amazon
By Kate Vane - Published on
I'm not a child and I don't know much about children so I may not be best qualified to review this book - but I enjoyed it!

It focuses on the gory and scary aspects of the bug world with a Horrible Histories-style narration, but hidden within that is a lot of information. There are also illustrations and a useful glossary, though key words are explained in the text.

Probably not a good one for a child who's scared of creepy-crawlies but if they've interested in the nature and want to know more this should be of interest.


5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 Jun. 2015
By Robin Bouttell
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Brilliant, just what my grandchildren have been waiting for!

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Jun. 2015
By Sciurus
I love this book and the quirky illustrations!

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