Debunking myths about spiders, this book takes an extremely close look at creatures that have both fascinated and terrified human beings. An introduction explains what makes spiders unique. Ten unusual species are highlighted with incredible electron micrograph photographs and surprising facts. From diving bell spiders that live in bubbles underwater, to spitting spiders that shoot venomous wads of spit at their prey, to black widows and wolf spiders, this unusual book will intrigue readers and help dispel arachnophobia.
About the Author
Alexandra Siy has collaborated with Dennis Kunkel on several books, including Sneeze and Mosquito Bite, which was an Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book and the winner of a Texas Bluebonnet Award. She lives in New York State.
Dennis Kunkel is a scientist who conducted research at the University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, and the University of Washington, Seattle, until he established Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc. in 2000. His award-winning photomicrographs are the subject of two books for adults. He lives in Hawaii.
A Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Book
"An unusual approach to the creepiest of crawlies, likely to snare unwary passers-by in droves."—Kirkus Reviews
"Arresting photos and illuminating text weave a neat web to capture readers."—School Library Journal
"Siy conveys scientific concepts and terminology very well, and her text is nicely complemented by Kunkel's detailed, vivid photographs and digitally enhanced electron micrographs . . . readers will come away with a fairly comprehensive understanding of spiders and spider diversity."—Booklist
"Vibrant coloring makes it easy to identify the spiders' anatomical features . . . readers should be impressed by the arachnids' versatility and capability"—Publishers Weekly