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Micro Monsters: Extreme Encounters With Invisible Armies    by Nam Nguyen order for
Micro Monsters
by Nam Nguyen
Order:  USA  Can
Kingfisher, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The photos in this volume are taken using a scanning electron microscope which allows us to view objects and creatures the naked eye can't see. Magnified up to 300,000 times their actual size, these specimens can appear to be a little scary. But, aside from their monster appeal, these enhanced photos open a whole new world of discovery to young readers.

As you page through this book you'll meet diminutive jumping spiders, the giraffe-necked weevil, some Army ants and bee ants, as well as a common mosquito, a caterpillar and dust mites. Accompanying the captivating photos you'll find an illuminating text that offers information about the subjects' habitats, special physical characteristics, and who or what their natural enemies may be.

At the back of the book is a two page glossary to help with any unfamiliar terms used in the text. This book could be a little scary for a younger child, although youngsters eight and older will probably think its contents are pretty cool!

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