The overall tone is decidedly casual and informal, best suited for middle grade readers who are naturally curious, already interested in bugs, or don’t mind an argument for the better treatment of insects that’s more rooted in feeling than science. Readers looking for hard data and evidence about insect emotion won’t find much, and Lori-Michele notes that none of the entomologists she contacted were interested in these insects’ lives or personalities. That means the book reads more like an impassioned diary than a persuasive argument text, and it lacks that crucial element of any science book, especially intended for younger readers, the citation of further, reliable resources.
Still, Lori-Michele brings abundant enthusiasm and passion for her topic, and it’s clear that she cares deeply for her insect pets and believes they have the ability to provide companionship for kids, older adults, and others. The approachable tone and care that went into each chapter makes it a compelling read for insect-loving kids.
Takeaway: Young insect lovers looking for a casual but passionate defense of the value of bugs—as beings and as friends—will find company here
Great for fans of: Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson’s Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects, Owen Davey’s Bonkers About Beetles.
Design and typography: B
Marketing copy: A
The renowned Dr. Jane Goodall endorses this book and said, "BUGS THAT LOVE! is a fascinating book for young and old alike. Lori-Michele has spent 11 years watching and learning amazing and endearing qualities about the Western Conifer Seed Bug and Shield Bugs. Children will quickly realize that there is more to insects than they ever imagined. For one thing, they have distinct personalities. Read the book to find out how much more."
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE,
Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute &
UN Messenger of Peace