Insect Superpowers


  • Age Range: 8-12
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 5, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 1452139105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452139104


Insect Superpowers is an action-packed nonfiction picture book about the incredible insect abilities found in the natural world. Packaged comic book style, this book explores 18 awesomely real superheroes and supervillains, who each possess powers far beyond the average insect.

Meet the Malevolent Mimic, who wickedly disguises itself as a harmless pink orchid only to shred unsuspecting butterflies, or the Great Glue Shooter, who can blast a smelly glue from its face.

• Presents insects as superheroes and supervillains who excel in head-to-head combat, astounding weapons, and extraordinary skills
• All facts are equally real and amazing
• Written by award-winning nonfiction author Kate Messner

Insect Superpowers is the perfect pick for young entomologists, reluctant readers, and any kid who has ever been equally grossed out and fascinated by a bug.

This thrilling look at insects will entertain and educate readers ages 8 to 12 years old, as well as the adults that read with them.

• A wonderful gift for teachers, librarians, and Common Core educators who are looking to teach about insects in a fresh and exciting way
• Perfect for parents and caregivers of science, nature, and bug-obsessed kids
• Great for fans of comic books, superheroes, and graphic novels, as well as reads like Bugs A to Z by Caroline Lawton, Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever by Darlyne Murawski and Nancy Honovich, and Atlas of Animal Adventures by Rachel Williams and Emily Hawkins

“Impressive… Action-packed… [Insect Superpowers] gives readers a fun and delightfully creepy way to learn about insect adaptations.”

~Booklist, starred review

“Together Messner and Nickell have created text and pictures with exquisite details. Any educator who wants to excite their students about nature and insects will love this book. Science teachers and school librarians will definitely want to add this title to their collection.”

~School Library Connection, starred review

“Vivid… enthralling… Middle-grade report writers might have to get on the hold list if browsers spot it first.”

~The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books