Meet some gigantic prehistoric critters! A bug the size of a small crocodile? Or as large as a basketball player? As scary as it seems, supersized, insect-like creatures such as these roamed Earth long before humans. This peek into prehistory introduces seven of these fascinating megabugs — the ancestors of modern-day insects, spiders, crabs and other arthropods — which lived from 480 million to 47 million years ago. It explores when, where and how they each lived, why they grew so big and what caused their eventual extinction. Kids will never look at bugs the same way again!
"Imagine, deep in the jungle... a swift-moving millipede almost twice your size slithers toward you, snapping its slavering jaws." B-movie superlatives and natural history museum diorama aesthetics set the tone for this information-rich exploration of seven Paleozoic arthropods. Bindon's colorful, detailed illustrations based on "research and fossil evidence" anchor data-laden spreads that show pronunciation and name meaning, habitat, "fave snack," fossil locations, and the relative size of each creature vis- -vis a child, among other data points, while Becker's slangy prose explains what makes each "megabug" special. Inset text boxes identify and concisely explore relevant themes such as oxygen levels and mutation. It's an appealing way to engage kids fascinated by creepy crawlers. Concisely explains arthropods and eras, and includes a glossary, index, and list of further reading. Ages 8 12. \n