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. Volume XXI Number 6. . . .October 10, 2014
If you are already fascinated by the praying mantis or if you are simply curious to know more about them, this amusing little book will give you a unique perspective. The writing team of Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quintin and Sampar have created another in their nonfiction series, “Do You Know?” using a graphic novel format with bright, lively illustrations. The facts are for real, but the presentation is zany with guaranteed appeal to young readers.
The mantis, with its distinctive upright posture and long, folded front legs, lends itself well to the imaginative interpretations of the illustrator, e.g. dressed in religious garb, formal dress or sportswear. The comic depictions accompany briefly noted facts about the insect’s diet, mating habits, and hunting prowess. Young readers who enjoy the more ‘sordid’ details will be intrigued to learn about the mantis’ cannibalistic nature, even among newborns (Papa Mantis: “The baby has no appetite today.” Mama Mantis: “It’s normal! She ate her brother this morning.”). Among other remarkable information, though, the female can continue to lay eggs (up to 400 at a time) even if decapitated. Those eggs will survive the winter enclosed in protective foam even though the adults are killed by the first frost.
Gillian Richardson is a freelance writer living in BC.
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