Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies

Hans Post
Illustrator:  Irene Goede 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 9
Lemniscaat, 2005   ISBN: 978-1932425659

Have you ever noticed how many insects and other “creepy crawlies” there are in the world around you? Have you seen signs that there is a a mole in the vegetable garden, and did you know that there are 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs in the world? In this book we are going to take a journey with Lika, a pretty little house cat, and we are going to see the world from her point of view. We are going to see what she finds in the kitchen garbage can, what she watches on the terrace and down by the pond. We are going to rest with her in an old shed and look at the bats, shrews, birds and beetles that live in there. We are going to explore the garden, the compost heap, and the birdhouse tree.

Readers are going to be astonished to discover how many animals of all kinds live in the places that Lika is so fond of. Indeed, every place is teeming with life. Among other things, there are birds, rodents, beetles, moths, worms, grubs, and little fish. 

In addition to showing us what Lika finds on her perambulations, the author carefully describes each and every creature shown in the illustrations. Young naturalists will be amazed to discover that toads sleep all winter long, and that worms are both males and female. Well written by a keen nature lover who knows his subject, this book is beautifully illustrated and packed with fascinating information and tit-bits of natural history.