Tuesday 26 May 2020
The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon
Subtitled "Evolution's most unbelievable solutions to life's biggest problems", this book examines some of the weirdest animals in the world.
The book is packed full of amazing facts, including:
* the fish that kills its prey by ejecting snot into the prey's gills,
* the ant decapitating fly that surgically inserts its offspring into a living ant, where the maggpt moves into the ant's brain and mind controls it
* the toad that embeds her eggs into her back where they eventually hatch so the tadpoles emerge from her body.
For anyone interested in the weird aspects of nature this is a fascinating book. However, I really didn't enjoy the writing style, which was full of forced humour and bad jokes. These stories of amazing nature are more than entertaining in themselves without needing all the forced laughter.
The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon, illustrated by Vladimir Stankovic published by Headline.