… the grand city of New Coleopolis? In Jay Hosler’s Last of the Sandwalkers, five great beetles set out to explore the deadly desert surrounding their home. (Well, ok, four great beetles and one great big jerk.) They are scientists and adventurers, out to discover what they can about the world outside their city’s walls. What they find is more than they could ever have dreamed.
The basis of this story is a fun adventure filled with excitement, danger, and discovery. The author is a professor of biology, and he works in fascinating details about beetles and the incredible (and sometimes gross) abilities of different types of beetles, plus all of the various animals that they encounter. The incredibly detailed artwork and quirky humor further enhance the story, taking it from very good to excellent. If that isn’t enough for you, check out the annotations for more information, recommended reading, and explanations of some of the jokes.
Reviewed by Fran (staff)