Please Don’t Bite Me! : Insects that Buzz, Bite and Sting is actually more of a 3.5 than four rating as there are a few illustrations that were somewhat abstract. The first one was the mosquito being shown biting a victim. The body, head, and everything else did not look real, therefore, it all blended together. The text, on the other hand, is good. Straight forward, covering a few pages for each insect and covers several pieces of the puzzle of that particular insect.
And some of the things you will learn are such things as lice are picky: a dog lice will not live on a human and the reverse is true. And there is proper etiquette to when to scratch your lice. And there are ways to tell the male and female mosquito apart, if you can get close enough. And if you think 2 inches is small for a wasp, wait until you learn that the smallest is actually 0.0006 inches long! And what insect went to space? The cockroach! A cockroach named Nadezhda was sent into space for 12 days. And fleas are insulting, they think of us as broccoli! Oh, they’ll eat us, but they prefer something with fur, so only if nothing better is around!
I could write a review on all the fun facts I learned, and I’m not an insect person, but when I read a book by Nobrow Press, I am always learning something. This time Nazzy Pakpour had the honor of being the author of this book. I am terribly appreciative of them for taking one for the team so I did not have too, (I am really not a fan of the idea of bedbugs, let alone studying them; and as far as I’m concerned lice isn’t nice). And I do want to thank whomever learned that you can train doggies to sniff out bedbugs. And what I mentioned is just the tip of the iceberg, I am sure they could have added thousands of more. I do like that Pakpour picked common, but not necessarily ones that are put in other books.
And I appreciate the hard work that Owen Davey did on the illustrations. While sometimes I would have preferred a real looking image or a more realistic drawing, I do love the colors and the details presented. Things are a bit psychedelic (especially the end pages) but I do like the fact that I did not have to see the actual lice…louse, that thingy! (Sorry, I go girly over dead mice, maggots and lice!)
While currently available to purchase, I read via an online reader copy.