Rebecca L. Johnson
- Title: Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead
- Author: Rebecca L. Johnson
- ISBN: 9780761386339
- Page: 317
- Format: Hardcover
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Are zombies real As far as we know, dead people do not come back to life and start walking around, looking for trouble But there are things that can take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into senseless slaves Meet nature s zombie makers including a fly enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach taming wasp and their victims.
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oh my god.zombies are real, and they are mostly insects. i am not leaving my house, ever. although every summer, there are these tiny little beetles that come and live in my apartment, and i am always really nice to them and set them free out the window, and if they are zombies, i hope to all the higher powers that they will see me as a servant and not a potential zombie-hostis book is amazing. it is all about the ways in which parasites TAKE OVER the brains of their hosts. which is totally rude [...]
I can see giving this to the right kid and scaring the shit bejesus out of him so badly that he'll be in therapy until he's forty just to be able to go into nature ever again. There are funguses and viruses and creepy worms out there just waiting to parasite it up inside of a hosts body and some of these things can even hijack control of the brain and get the host to do some destructive and very out of character actions. We don't necessarily think of a cricket as being really high on the scale o [...]
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven.I sometimes joke that I am a 6 year old boy living in an adult woman's body. And it could not be more true than when I started reading this book. Absolutely loved it! It was icky. It was gross. It was graphic and fascinating. And it had A TON of pictures!At about 60 pages long, this book gives you an insight into the weird and really fascinating world of real life zombie makers. From fungi, to insects, to parasitic worms, this book will leave your ve [...]
More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPantsVIEW: Interesting with plenty of the "ewww" factor, Zombie Makers will be a hit with reluctant readers, science geeks, or those who just love to be grossed out. Each chapter includes pages packed with full-color close-ups (using photomicroscopy) of insects, fungi, worms, viruses, and other parasites that prey on their unfortunate hosts. For me, the chapter on parasitic worms (chapter 2) is particularly disgusting and make me really want to avoid drinking any water [...]
Zombies aren't real far as we knowbut there are things in nature that can take over innocent creatures' bodies & brians. This non-fiction book looks at these "zombie making" parasites in excellent depth. In each chapter, the author shares about several different species, ending with the "science behind the story". Includes lots of photographs and detailed biblography, websites, and book lists for further reading.
Yikes! I'm glad I didn't read this book after lunch, or I might have lost it. As it was, I pretty much lost my appetite for lunch and have crossed several travel destinations off my list and am feeling leery about waterEye-catching from it's title through its design and containing lots of full-color photographs of the parasites and their host victims in action, this one will be irresistible.
Oh my goodness. Soooo creeeeeepy! Do not read this book if you are slightly squeamish. Do read this book if you want to be weirded out by the unfathomable variety of life on our planet that we are only beginning to comprehend.
fantastic - all my students will love this book
REALLY well-researched, REALLY ooky stories. Mostly invertebrates, but the guinea worm in the human leg is a picture I won't be able to forget any time soon. Will be read to pieces.
There's this podcast I like to listen to called RadioLab, which is essentially just a show for people who like kooky science but are still a little foggy on what exactly Einstein's Theory of Relativity actually means or why the sun is hot. Science for the English majors, let's call it. Often the show will come up with really original stories, like the guy who purposefully gave himself tapeworms to cure his asthma (it worked). That story came from a show about parasites and it was accompanied by [...]
Not for the faint-hearted, this book features insects, parasites, and worms that cause their hosts to become zombies. The photography is excellent but there is one photo of a roundworm in a human leg that might cause nightmares so proceed with caution. I found this on a list of "books best for nine-year olds" but I am not sure I would buy this as a present for any child in fear of traumatizing them. As a non-fiction book, it is fascinating and easy to read.
Are zombies real? Scientists know this for sure: dead people do not come back to live and start walking around, looking for trouble. But there are things that can take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into senseless slaves. Meet natures zombie makers--including a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach-taming waspand their victims.
Zombie Makers is an informative book about how parasitic viruses and worms transform animals into zombies. We learned much about the life cycles of these parasites and their hosts and how the hosts are real zombies.
What first drew me to Zombie Makers was the promise of reading about one of my favorite subjects: parasites! I was also really excited at the prospect of reading something that was obviously going to be creepy and disgusting. What made the book even better, though, were the gorgeous color illustrations that appear on each page. Even though I was reading a digital galley, I saw some sample pages of the finished book at ALA, and this thing is going to look really slick as a physical book.Johnsonâ€ [...]
I was tempted to mark this book as being part of the vegetarian bookshelf. Certainly would incline one in that direction! ICK!!!!! This book is extremely, deliciously (hmm, bad choice of words there) gross. I managed to read the entire book without once looking at the photos directly. I'm afraid of bugs and boy this book doesn't help that phobia any! Although you can argue that you could feel sorry for the other bugs that tend to be the victims on the zombie makers. I can't make the argument, be [...]
Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead Rebecca L. Johnson is a non fiction book for children, around age 9 and older) scheduled for release on October 1 2012. The book is all about some of the fungi and parasites that can turn their hosts into zombies, not the zombie people that one might think about from popular culture, but still following the bidding of the creatures invading their body. Nature's zombie makers cannot raise creatures from the dead, but instead use their hosts for food [...]
Last week I happily went to the library and chose the worst book ever! When I borrowed this book I thought it was about how scientists made zombies out of living things. I was very very wrong. Zombie Makers, by Rebecca L. Jphnson is a book about how fungus and worms get into insects and turn them into slaves or zombies. Did you know that there is a fungus that can turn a fly into a zombie? And one that can turn an ant into a zombie? How about a worm that turns a cricket into a zombie? I learned [...]
Reviewed from an ARC. Rebecca Johnson follows on her award winning Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures (Millbrook, 2011) with an even more compelling non-fiction book, sure to fly off the shelves: Zombie Makers: True Stories of Natureâ€™s Undead. The five chapters are organized by transmission vectors and begin with zombie-traits victims evince. Fact boxes for each â€˜Zombie Makerâ€™, electrifyingly gruesome photographs, and frequent â€˜Science Behind the Storyâ€™ headings bre [...]
If you are having trouble keeping the attention of students during science class or having trouble motivating a reluctant reader, you might want to try out this informative picture book. It is sure to have kids (and adults) covering their faces with their hands but too curious not to peak through their fingers. Johnson gives short 1-2 page descriptions of these fungi, nematodes, protozoans, insects, and viruses that take over the brains and bodies of other living creatures. Not only will this ke [...]
Zombies are the new vampires. While bloodsuckers still loom large in the public mind, other people are turning their interests towards the shambling dead. But human zombies don't exist any more than human vampires do. However, they exist in nature and this slim book is devoted to outlining, in glorious color, the horror, the horror that lies closer than you think. The photographs are wonderfully explicit, the prose easy to digest and the science is clear cut without being too overwhelming. (Yes, [...]
I remember hearing about these kinds of parasites on NPR a couple of years ago, ones that infect mice so they don't flee from predators and thus get eaten easily(the parasite then spreads through the predator). T. Gondii is featured on p. 39 of this book.It's a great topic for a kids' book, because it's powerful and interesting science, but unlikely to be textbook science material and it's not one of the perennial topics like dinosaurs. Using the current mania for zombies was a good move by Rebe [...]
What's scarier than movie zombies? Knowing they actually exist. Okay. Not like the human kind but there are many creatures in nature that become mindless, crazed zombies all because of some miniscule parasite. The one that creeped me out the most was the Guinea Worm that actually crawls in humans in Africa after being consumed in contaminated water. These worms can grow up to 3 feet long, looking like spaghetti crawling around inside of you. They crawl to the leg of the host and lay their eggs t [...]
A look at insects and animals who display zombie-like traits after becoming infected by different parasites and fungi. Each chapter begins with a zombie trait and then the creature is introduced that suffers from the trait and then the science behind the activity is explained. Great photographs lets readers get a close up view of parasites and the damage they cause to the creatures they infect.Hands down the writing style and tone is tops in this book. The author sets a creepy tone and maintains [...]
4.3 starsTotal yuk factor which is great for kids. Even though there are no zombies in real life, this book describes various situations of zombie-ish behavior in animals where fungus or parasites or worms take over other living things and control their actions---and, of course, kill them.I hate crickets, and so I was kind of glad to read about some larvae that crickets ingest (as they are snacking on dead insects) that grow into worms inside the body of the cricket and take over their brains an [...]
Appeal Characteristics: zombie bugs, visualizations, layout, information structureOMG. I threw up a bit in my mouth. I could barely finish this book, and I had to flip really fast through some of the pictures. UGH, this book was sooo out of my element, I was completely grossed out. In saying thisds will gobble this stuff up. Especially since they might not be allowed to watch a lot of zombie shows/movies this book is great for connecting those zombie shows with what happens in nature. Still it's [...]
The world is a savage place. This book details the life cycles of various parasites, viruses and fungi as they take over their host and create the conditions they need to reproduce. Great things about this book are: photographs (these are fantastic and all taken by different photographers), the zombie premise (a current draw for kids today), layout (consistent throughout, with the story and then a section called "the science behind the story" which shares how scientists worked in the field to un [...]
I love children's non-fiction, and frequently some come through that I cannot keep myself from reading as I catalog them for the library. This book is a perfect case in point. I picked it up thinking that the natural world was being exploited by writers dying to latch onto a pop culture fad. Now that I have read it, I know that is not really the case. Some organisms have evolved some incredibly elaborate adaptations as part of a parasite/host relationship.Such a fascinating subject, all wonderfu [...]
For children (and child-like adults) who don't mind seeing 'yucky' images of parasites turning their hosts into zombies to reproduce, this is a good book for a quick read.The book covers a few types of parasites, from viruses, fungus to worms, with descriptions of what they do to the hosts in order to reproduce. The science behind the parasites' behavior is also given.Probably the most 'yuck' inducing parasites are those that can affect us: the guinea worm and rabies. Fortunately, the guinea wor [...]
This book is not for those who are squeamish. Zombie Makers is a book about parasites, insects and other organisms that cause their hosts or prey to become like zombies, they don't have "free will" they're under the control of their attackers. From being used as a body guard, to being driven to fling themselves into bodies of water knowing they can't swim, this book offers a lot of different visuals of what these parasites do to their prey. Best suited for 4-6 grade, or anyone who's interested i [...]
I just saw this book on the shelf while we were walking around the library and I was intrigued. True stories of nature's undead? I want to know more! I love animals and bugs, and this book goes in depth telling about parasites that infect the body of other living things--nothing new, but these are animals/fungus/viruses that infect other animals and actually take over their brains. It was fascinating and I was glad I picked it up!
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