The Cockroach Invasion retells the event, the project that followed and what the class learned about cockroach biology in a captivating style. The book project bogged down when Meinberg had difficulty finding an illustrator for her book. Many refused to draw an insect they found disgusting. Meinberg then decided to have an art contest and accept contributions from students. A neighbor who was an art teacher of K-8 students had her students accept the challenge. The students provided many of the illustrations in the book. Another teachable moment in which students were able to study the features of cockroaches and make contributions to a real book.
The Cockroach Invasion is a compelling and informative book, written for the third grade level. It is a book your budding young entomologist might enjoy.