Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: Murderous Mosquitoes by Meish Goldish

Bugged Out!
by Meish Goldish
Bearport Publishing
Picture Book Non-Fiction
24 pages
ages 4 to 8

The whiny buzz of a mosquito is a familiar sound, as is the insect's red, itchy bite. However, did you know that a mosquito bite can be deadly? A young nurse named Dawn Dubsky became deathly ill after a mosquito bit her. She was so sick, doctors had to take drastic measures to save her. Read Dawn's harrowing tale of survival, and learn all about mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry in this engrossing new narrative nonfiction book for young readers. 


Bug fans and biology aces are going to be thrilled by these pages and gain a little more respect for a very tiny insect.

Mosquitoes rule in this book, but it's not their harmless biology which takes the spotlight. Mosquitoes can be very dangerous and should not be underestimated. After a quick Table of Contents to help young researchers find sought after information more quickly, the first pages dive into the story of a woman, who was bitten by a mosquito and soon fought for her life as she battled malaria. The book grabs attention right away, and not the kind which more sensitive readers will appreciate. But then, malaria is not a nice disease.

While a mosquitoes' habitat, basic biology and living facts are explained, it's the diseases which they carry and the dangers that come with it, which keeps these pages turning. Each page holds about one paragraph of text, which is laid out for readers who have a pretty good handle on reading (ages 7 and up). It's written in an interesting way, keeping boredom at bay while bringing across very interesting facts. Colorful and clear photographs accompany every page, allowing readers to get a glimpse at the reality and helping the information gain more clarity. To spruce things up, explanations as well as extra tidbits are sprinkled among the photos.

At the end of the book, a few more diseases not explored more closely are mentioned, followed by a more detailed glossary of the terminology, and ending with an index, bibliography, hints of where to find more information, and a website which discusses mosquitoes.

Creepy, crawly, and downright deadly! This new narrative nonfiction series introduces young readers to mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and other creatures that carry or cause horrifying diseases. Each book is packed with interesting information about the organism's life cycle, how it transmits diseases, and how to protect yourself from becoming its victim. This series also includes captivating real-life stories about people who were attacked by the world's most dangerous bugs--and lived to tell the terrifying tale.

Includes the Titles:

Filthy Flies
Frightening Fleas
Killer Kissing Bugs
Murderous Mosquitos
Terrifying Ticks
Wretched Worms

See more HERE!

1 comment:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Kids who like bugs might really enjoy this one. It might scare me too much to know more about mosquitoes.