Early Reader Book Review: Hungry Plants, by Mary Batten and Paul Mirocha (Illustrator)


Hungry Plants, by Mary Batten and Paul Mirocha (Illustrator)

This book offers
readers a bug’s-eye view into the strange and fascinating world of
carnivorous plants. From the “jaws” of the Venus flytrap to the pretty
sundew plant whose delicate tentacles entrap its prey, the unique
anatomy and behaviors of meat-eating plants are detailed with clear,
engaging text and art.


I am slowly discovering the wonderful world of non-fiction in children’s literature.  Who knew that there are so many informative and educational kid’s books out there?  

One of the most interesting books I’ve found recently is Hungry Plants.  It is an early reader level 4 book all about carnivorous plants.  I read this to my daughter and she just loved it. Her favorite was the Venus Fly Trap, but she thought the other ones were cool, too.  

It is chuck full of great information about different kinds of insect eating plants.  The illustrations are highly detailed and depict the makeup of the plants very well.  

I will admit that I don’t have a very good way to check the facts presented in this book in any other way than to Google everything.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do that.  At any rate, I am giving this book a solid 5 STARS for being interesting, informative, and very educational.  

Reading level: Ages 7 and up
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1st Random House ed edition (February 24, 2004)

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