Zombie Makers

Zombie Makers : True Stories of Natures Undead

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Are zombies real? As far as we know, dead people do not come back to life and start walking around, looking for trouble. But there are things that can take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into senseless slaves. Meet nature's zombie makers--including a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach-taming wasp--and their victims.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 175 x 249 x 10.16mm | 430.91g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 0761386335
  • 9780761386339
  • 909,372

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"Ratchet up your ick-factor and practice your eeyuw's because Johnson's researched text will reveal enough details to cause squeamish (or highly imaginative) readers to quail. Hairworms that cause crickets to commit suicide; jewel wasps that turn cockroaches into walking pantries for their larvae; and a fungus that drives its ant host to find the perfect launch for its sporing body are just a few of the 'zombie-makers' Johnson introduces. The readable text is based on telephone calls and emails with scientists in the field as well as the published articles listed in the bibliography. The author is careful to include a 'Science Behind the Story' explanation for each of the featured parasites, quoting the research scientist whenever possible. Color photos reinforce the ickiness, as do splotches of red, green, and black creeping across the pages like patches of mold. Readers needing a more personal jolt may prefer Nicola Davies's more gentle (but still nicely gross) What's Eating You?: Parasite--The Inside Story (Candlewick, 2007) or Brian Ward's more prosaic Microscopic Life in the Home (Smart Apple Media, 2004). Scientific in its approach, this slender book gives children a look at scientific research in real time, and also shows how little we truly know in a less-than-lovely field." --starred, School Library Journal

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339 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (139)
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2 4% (13)
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Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven blog. I sometimes joke that I am a 6 year old boy living in an adult woman's body. And it could not be more true than when I started reading this book. Absolutely loved it! It was icky. It was gross. It was graphic and fascinating. And it had A TON of pictures! At about 60 pages, this book gives you an insight into the weird and really fascinating world of real life zombie makers. From fungi, to insects, to parasitic worms, this book will leave your very own internal 6 year old self cringing and yelling "Cool!!!" at every turn of the page. I actually read this book back to back TWICE! And brought it to work with me at the office, and showed some of the pics to a couple of the guys at work during our lunch..... Who also thought the pics were totally cool. And proceeded to google it and found more gross pictures of some of these things for us to gawk at. It was almost like being in grade 1 all over again. Pretty awesome! *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the publisher via Netgalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*show more
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