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  • Broach’s projection of beetle life, complete with field trips to the family’s solarium and complex uses of human discards for furniture and meals, is in the best tradition of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers and similar classic looks at miniature life. Murphy’s illustrations add perspective and humor, supporting the detailed narrative. A masterpiece of storytelling.
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Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer. Scholastic, 2004.

Banks, Lynne Reid. Harry the Poisonous Centipede: A Story to Make You Squirm. Morrow, 1997.

Broach, Elise. Shakespeare’s Secret. Henry Holt, 2005.

Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. Knopf, 1962.

Fleischman, Paul. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices. HarperCollins, 1988.

Florian, Douglas. Insectlopedia: Poems and Paintings. Harcourt, 1998.

James, Mary. Shoebag. Scholastic, 1990.

Konigsburg, E. L. From the From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Atheneum, 1967.

Richardson, Joy. Inside the Museum: A Children’s Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Abrams, 1993.

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. Miramax/Hyperion, 2005.

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square. Farrar, 1960.

Shipton, Paul. Bug Muldoon: The Garden of Fear. Viking, 2001.

White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web. HarperCollins, 1952.

Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss. You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum. Dial, 1998.