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This week’s children’s book review is all about Out and About. Minibeast Explorer. It was published by Nosy Crow and it can be purchased on Amazon*.
The perfect introduction to minibeasts for children aged 8-12!
Ideal for any budding wildlife explorers, this book encourages children to get outside and spot minibeasts in the wild!
It is packed with fun activities and useful information about how to identify minibeasts whilst out and about, whether in a garden or adventuring further afield. Written by Robyn Swift in consultation with experts from the National Trust and featuring gorgeous illustrations by Hannah Alice.
Other titles in the series include: Out and About Bird Spotter and Out and About Night Explorer.
As a family we love to get outdoors as much as possible. We’ve always encouraged Erin to be inquisitive and curious when it comes to the outdoor world and we want her to ask questions and be interested in the new things she discovers. I’ll be honest though, I don’t really know much about bugs and creatures so when Erin asks me things I have to look them up. Minibeast Explorer is a lovely sized book so you could definitely take it out with you and keep it handy.
This book has loads of information in it and covers lots of different minibeasts. The pages aren’t packed with information but I think there’s just enough to keep children interested and there are also some really cool facts that they might not already know, especially for younger children.
Minibeast Explorer also has pages that aren’t just about specific mini beasts. One of the earlier pages explains exactly what a minibeast is, which is a really good place to start. You can also find out about minibeasts at night, in the air, where they live and also where they eat.
A couple of my favourite pages were about the anatomy of a minibeast the minibeast scale guide. Not only can you find out roughly how big or small some minibeasts are, and see them next to others, but you can also do yes/ no answers to find out what your minibeast might be.
There are also other books in this series, such as Bird Spotter and Night Explorer!