Tuesday, July 10, 2007

8. Creepy Creatures

Nonfiction book annotation
By: Angela Wilcox
24 pages

Simon, S. (2006). Creepy creatures. New York: Scholastic Inc.

Author Creditability: Simon does his research for his books all over the world. He has currently written about 200 children’s science books. The National Science Teachers Association has named over half of these books Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children.

Summary: This book goes into great detail describing various creatures, we call insects. It informs the reader of characteristics of the insect as well as interesting facts about the insect. This book also provides the reader with an up-close view of the creatures while providing factual information on each insect pictured.
Most Important Access Features: The text in this book is inside text boxes set against background colors that go well with the photographs of the text. It also contains inset text within text boxes that contain fun or fascinating facts about the insect being discussed on that page.

Description of Illustrations: The photographs in this book have been transformed into 3-D photos. Every photo gives the reader an up-close encounter with the creature and captures you with the details in it. Most of them take up a whole page and are very easily seen within the book.

Grade Level & Uses: Grades 1-7; The lower grades would need to use this book as a read aloud, but they would enjoy the photographs and the interesting facts on the insects. While the upper grades could use this book to do their own research on insects and to differentiate between major facts and wow facts.

Standards: Life Science IV: Standard C: Students should develop understanding of the characteristics of organisms, life cycles of organisms, and organisms and environments.
Related Texts & How Related: These books could be used along with Creepy Creatures to discuss insects.

Spiders by Seymour Simon
Pets in a Jar by Seymour Simon

Quality/Awards: In 2005 Simon was chosen for The Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Science Books from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Books.
Personal Response to Book: I found this book to be very interesting thought the kids would love the 3-D affect like I did. Simon took a topic like “creepy creatures” and made it cool by intriguing the reader with this 3-D affect. I believe this would captivate both boys and girls to want to pick-up the book and read more.

1 comment:

I love nonfiction said...

Do you have to wear 3-D glasses to view the illustrations?