Words by Angela DiTerlizzi
Bugs by Brendan Wenzel
[G] What child doesn’t love bugs? Even though I’ve grown up to be quite anti-bug, I really enjoyed finding bugs growing up! This book is perfect for your bug-loving child. It’s a simple book that takes bugs they will know and bugs that they might not know (yet) and pairs them with simple words (crawl, ball, hide, etc). The illustrations show the bugs in their natural habitat, but make them less scary looking than in real life (I don’t know about you, but spiders creep me out, but the spider in this book is really quite cute).
(Now, I know what some of you might be thinking–Hey! Spiders aren’t bugs! But this could be an interesting conversation, if you want, or you could just accept it for now).
I used this in a storytime and it worked really nicely. The illustrations are bright and the text short enough to keep even the most fidgety of littles entertained!
[BH] EWWW BUGS, not with this book, the bugs are cute and friendly looking. I love the way the book repeats the words “Some bugs”. It is perfect for beginner readers – help them identify the title of the book and then they can help read the story! It is a book that will help those littles gain confidence in their reading skills! The illustrations are amazing and will aide those little readers in figuring out what the new word on the page is!!
The best part of this book I think is the last page. All of the bugs that were in the book are labeled – how much fun! I never knew there was a bug called a snakefly, or even a whirligig beetle! The illustrations by Brendan Wenzel are out of this park! I hope you and your little enjoy it as much as we did! Go get buggy!
Find bugs!!! If you have an old magnifying glass, pull it out to help the discovery along. Take a camera along (go grab a disposable one!), take pictures of what you find, and then make a book later. When you make the book label the different bugs just like they did on the back page of the book!
Maybe have a science experiment: put out different types of food (fruit, cracker, cheese) and then come back and see what bugs are there!