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Friday 20 February 2015

Review: Bugged - How Insects Changed History

Want to know why scientists performed an experiment where they made locusts watch Star Wars? Ever wondered whether silk is really made from caterpillar spit? Do detectives really use information about bugs to solve murder mysteries?

You’ll find the answers to all those bug-related questions and more in Bugged: How Insects Changed History.

More than a simple fact book about insects and bugs, Bugged: How Insects Changed History is an account of how insects and insect-borne diseases have impacted the world through history. From ancient Aztecs to remote African tribes, European explorers to the American Civil War, Bugged includes information about history, geography, health, politics, religion, medicine and hygiene as it reveals the significant role insects have played in our world.

Information is shared in an informal writing style with puns and humorous references at times. The book includes a lot of background information to explain various historical events and figures, so this book is likely to appeal to those who are interested in a more in-depth knowledge rather than a simple list of facts and figures.

Bugged: How Insects Changed History is a fascinating book. Despite my own general lack of interest in this topic, I found myself intrigued by the information included, probably because the book shares information about insects in the context of world history and human society.

There are further reading suggestions, a glossary and website links included at the end of the book as well as an extensive index. The website suggestions are US-based, but nevertheless offer a good general resource.

Bugged: How Insects Changed History is a great home or school resource to engage the interest of budding entomologists or historians.

Title: Bugged: How Insects Changed History
Author: Sarah Albee
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $21.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 August 2014
Format: Soft Cover
ISBN: 9780802734228
For ages: 8 - 14
Type: Junior Non-Fiction