The Bug Scientists

by Donna M. Jackson Part of the Scientists in the Field Series

The varied career paths entomologists may follow include university professor, forensic... read more

The varied career paths entomologists may follow include university professor, forensic entomologist, and Hollywood “bug director.” A lively tone and light touch prevail in this high-interest look at insects and those who study them. Purdue University Professor Tom Turpin’s popularity as a teacher may be explained by his approach to his subject: “’People learn more when they’re having fun.’” To achieve that, he urges his students to sample fried mealworms and cookies made with dry-roasted crickets. In a more grisly mode, a forensic entomologist describes how she helps solve crimes by examining blow flies found on corpses to determine time of death. An inviting design and captivating material work together to help the author reach her goal of “taking the 'ug’ out of bug.” (Ages 8-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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