Lasky, K., & Trueman, M. (ill.) (2009). One Beetle Too Many: the Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. ISBN: 9780763614362
Annotation: One Beetle Too Many looks at the life of Charles Darwin, focusing on his time exploring South American while aboard the Beagle.
Reaction: Lasky’s biography of Darwin briefly describes his early life, his fascination with examining nature and learning as much as he can from it and how he was able to transform that fascination into a lifelong career of studying the natural world. The illustrations magnificently match the curious nature of Darwin and are filled with many things for kids to look at and examine. The use of leaves and flowers in collage, provides texture and dimension to the illustrations, and Trueman’s characters are expressive and lifelike, despite their somewhat cartoony depiction. This book would be a good addition to a unit about nature and the way the natural world is constantly changing.
This book was a part of Assignment 2: 5th Grade Science.
Media Used: Graphite pencil, acrylic ink and watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, acrylic and collaged with paper, string, weeds and wildflowers