"Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson writes about insects with such enthusiasm and affection, you’ll wish you were an entomologist! But it’s never too late to develop a love for bugs, and Extraordinary Insects is the perfect guide—filled with surprising, fascinating, and often extremely funny stories.”
– Thor Hanson, author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
“Charming. . . . Sverdrup-Thygeson strives to make you like insects, too, highlighting them in all their buzzing, stinging, biting glory.”
– Sam Kean, The New York Times Book Review
“We live on the planet of insects, and Sverdrup-Thygeson brings it to life in this sharp, good-humored presentation. . . . A classy and brightly informative appreciation of insects—all you could ask for in a popular natural history.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Insects — from jewel beetles to stink bugs — present an embarrassment of riches, as ecologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson spectacularly proves. She tours their anatomy, reproduction and more, delivering a hail of facts with brio and precision.”
– Barbara Kiser, Nature.com
"Sverdrup-Thygeson is a lively, witty, and discerning guide through the scientific lore surrounding some of the tiniest—though still very powerful—organisms on Earth."
– Michael Berry, Sierra Club Magazine
"A cornucopia of fascinating insights that paint a portrait of the deep interconnectedness of human culture with our six-legged friends."
– Lynn Dicks, Science
“[Sverdrup-Thygeson] guides us round a huge cabinet of curiosities, and is the best kind of teacher. The stories she tells are so strange and absorbing that we don’t notice that we’re being systematically educated. . . . She has a serious purpose, and succeeds magnificently.”
– Charles Foster, The Evening Standard (UK)
"A very enthusiastic look at the flying, crawling, stinging bug universe world, and why we should cherish it."
– John Timpane, The Philadelphia Inquirer