Appropriately grisly and caked with dirt, the story here elucidates the life cycle of fireflies and the perils inherent in their lives. The outdoor classroom setting, replete with veteran beetle teacher, allows for easy exploration of the firefly world, including a visit to fireflies in another stage. The depth hidden in the title comes out in the text: Survival isn't as much for individual longevity as it is for the continuity of the firefly family chained together by myriad year-long lives. Much humor is to be found too, especially in the clarification of which body part lights up. (Hint: It's not the bum.)— Todd Wellman
A Junior Library Guild Selection Listen up, larvae I've been in the trenches for the last year and a half, and let me tell you, there is danger lurking behind every tree and headlight. With my expertise, you'll learn how to hunt your first meal (snail soup anyone?), what makes your abdomen glow (put down the fire extinguisher ), and how to react when your mate wants to eat you for dinner (who knew fireflies could be cannibals?). Buck up, buttercup - you're in for the flight of your life If you know what's good for you, you'll stop goofing around and pay attention to How to Survive as a Firefly, or you might never make it to adulthood How to Survive as a Firefly provides a unique take on insect science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom. Full of opportunities for extended learning, this book includes fun facts hidden throughout the hilarious illustrated story - and after, a glossary of important terms and some real photos of fireflies. If you've ever wondered how these fascinating beetles grow and glow, and you like to laugh while you learn, this book is for you.
About the Author
KRISTEN FOOTE is the author of How to Survive as a Firefly and How to Survive as a Shark. With a degree in biology, she is a firm believer that learning about science can be fun (and funny!). She's a Colorado transplant who, when not writing, is enjoying everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer with her husband and two kids. How to Survive as a Firefly is her first book. ERICA SALCEDO is a Spanish illustrator. She studied fine art at Castilla-La Mancha University and holds a master's in illustration and graphic design. She has illustrated several books with publishers from around the world, including Wolfish Stew (Bloomsbury) and Department Store Sticker Book (Usborne Publishing).