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Bugs are creepy. They’re kinda gross. But, there’s something really cool about them, too. All those legs! Those eyes! Those wings! Perhaps, that’s why they make for such great movie monsters. And perhaps, that’s why they make for such interesting reading!

So, today, I’ve put together a weird little hybrid list. Here you’ll find a list of a couple classic monster movies in our collection that feature insect monsters. But, you’ll also find a couple of books for further reading. And no, the further reading isn’t about giant monsters. It’s about bugs! After being frightened by the giant versions, check out the real story of these amazing creatures! Each listing has one book for adults and one for kids.

Them! (1954)

Radioactive testing in New Mexico’s deserts mutates the local ants–transforming those tiny pests into giant, man-eating monsters!

For Further Reading:

The Monster from Green Hell (1957)

A scientific expedition in Africa investigates wasps that have been exposed to radiation and mutated into giant, killing monsters.

For Further Reading:

The Fly (1958)

A scientist experimenting in teleportation turns himself into a hideous hybrid when a fly gets caught in the teleportation chamber.

For Further Reading:

The Wasp Woman (1959)

The head of a major cosmetics company experiments on herself with a youth formula made from royal jelly extracted from wasps, but the formula’s side effects have deadly consequences.

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I'm the Reader's Advisory Librarian at WPPL. My interests include old horror films, classic novels, manga and anime, paper-crafting, and plants. If you like my suggestions, you can request personalized recommendations from me on My Librarian page.