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>So which is it?

>Two books reviewed in the forthcoming issue of the Horn Book Guide:

From Bearport, Meish Goldish’s Deadly Praying Mantis

From Lerner, Sandra Markle’s Praying Mantises: Hungry Insect Heroes

Nothing* p.o.’d the late Zena Sutherland more than a nonfiction children’s book ascribing virtue or venality to animals.

*Except maybe simultaneous translation in dialogue, as in “‘Hola, Juan!’ exclaimed the pretty teacher to the new brown-eyed and chubby-cheeked boy, ‘Hello.'”

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >”‘Hola, Juan!’ exclaimed the friendly bear to the venal brown-eyed and chubby-cheeked squirrel, ‘Hello.'”

  2. Monica Edinger says:

    >I’m sure Cesar Millan would also have a problem with one of his clients using “virtue or venality” to describe one of their pack. (Butch, I mean, Lucy is neither, by the way.)

  3. Christine says:

    >Yes, but “deadly” doesn’t necessarily mean evil and cruel. They kill stuff. It’s a fact.

  4. Anonymous says:

    >Sure, but so does everything else. Yet there’s a shortage of books on Deadly Dolphins and Deadly Pandas and Deadly Bunnies.

  5. >”Oh, no!” cried the bamboo. “Here comes the Deadly Panda, alas.”

    Whereas a praying mantis will eat its siblings as they emerge from the egg sac, and they will grab bugs and devour them ALIVE, so yeah, I think “hungry” and “deadly” are fitting attributes for mantises.

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