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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rick Chrustowski  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Valpariso, Indiana

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Illinois Connection

Rick lived in Chicago for a period of time and now resides in Wisconsin.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rick is an author and illustrator.

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Titles At Your Library

Bright Beetle
ISBN: 0805060588

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 2000

Follow the life of one ladybug as she journeys from the egg to adulthood.

On a warm, sunny day at the end of summer, a ladybug lays her yellow eggs on a leaf. Soon, each egg hatches into a tiny larva with a huge appetite for aphids. Despite the dangers of ants and praying mantises, the larvae grow big enough to create hard pupae around themselves. When they break through the pupae, they are ladybugs at last.

In simple, poetic text and vibrant illustrations, this nonfiction picture book explores the life-cycle of the most beloved beetle.

Lunch at the Zoo: What Zoo Animals Eat and Why
ISBN: 0805060707

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 2001

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what zoo animals eat, and why.

How do you feed a hungry crocodile without becoming dinner yourself?
What do you feed a baby porcupine?
Do elephants need vitamin pills?

In the wild, animals can usually find the foods they need to eat. But zoo animals can't go out and search for their own meals. Instead, nutritionists must discover what foods each animal needs to stay healthy and happy. Whether serving lunch to poisonous snakes, making dinner for a thousand animals at once, or caring for babies who have lost their mothers, life for the zoo staff is never dull.

This fascinating and informative book looks behind the scenes at some of the largest zoos in the country to discover what--and how--they feed their animals.

Will You Sting Me? Will You Bite? The Truth About Some Scary-Looking Insects
ISBN: 0880451440

Stemmer House Publishers. 2001

Some fearful-looking insects are best left alone. Others are non-threatening little creatures. But how do you tell one from another, and why are they that way anyway? This title tells about some of these insects and why we should steer clear of them or relax.

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