Friday, January 25, 2013

PPBF: Bugs Galore

Here's another book for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Bugs Galore
Written by Peter Stein
Illustrated by Bob Staake
Candlewick Press, 2012

Suitable for: Ages 4 and up

Theme/Topic: Bugs/Rhyme

Opening:
"Big bugs, small bugs,
creep bugs, crawl bugs,
slime-your-hand-bugs!"

Brief Synopsis: Bugs of all shapes, colors, and sizes -- including bed bugs, cute bugs, live bugs, and dead bugs – are presented in illustrations and rhyme. (That's from the summary on the copyright page. That description "presented in illustrations and rhyme" seems silly for a 2012 book, but is accurate.)

Link to Resources: One exercise would be to identify some of the bugs in the book. Peter Stein talks about their attributes, but doesn't name them like "What is a 'slime-your-hand bugs!'?" An art lesson plan on bugs.

Why I chose this book: I picked up this book at the library for its bright, quirky digital illustrations. I really liked the font used in this book – Zalderdash. I equally love the name. I kept reading for its delightful rhyme. There is also a Cars Galore book.

For more Perfect Picture Books, check out Susanna Leonard Hill's Blog.

31 comments:

  1. I think I'm going to have to get this one for my 4 yr old nephew--he recently said he wants to be a "bug doctor" when he grows up. :)
    Love the cover too!

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    1. Bug doctor. That sounds like another pb. It's a fun book.

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  2. A cool thing about some of those "quirky" illustrations is that they were done by a six year old!! Bob Staake incorporated drawings by his niece. Pretty cool! Here is the story: http://www.bobstaake.com/ameliabugs/

    Happy Friday, Stacy!

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    1. I love this additional info, Eric!

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    2. Thanks Eric. I didn't see that when I was looking for websites. Very nice that he had a willing helper.

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  3. Kids love all things bugs! At least some of them do. Sounds like a good one.

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  4. Zalderdash! Sounds like the name of a centipede sprint. Fun choice and rhyme too!

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  5. Ew--bugs----we girly girls might not like this, but I have to have something for the grandsons.......thanks for the recommendation! :)

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    1. Laura Anne, the drawings are fun for all.

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  6. This sounds like tons of fun, Stacy! It reminds me of a series of books that were favorites in our house - Bugs In A Box etc. I think lots of kids would like this one! Thanks for sharing :) (Also, love the word Zalderdash!)

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    1. Bugs in a Box! We'll have to check those out.

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  7. What a gorgeous cover and a fun twist on the usual realistic look of a bug book. I bet Enzo adores it!

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    1. I like it because it's not realistic. Creepy crawlies make me twist. :)

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  8. I can tell by some of your choices what Enzo is interestd in. The cover really is breathtaking. Thanks Eric for the additionaly info about the illustrators neice contributing. Lovely piece. As always, I enjoy your selections Stacy.

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  9. This book looks perfect for little ones, especially ones that love bugs! Love the bright cover.

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  10. As someone who has an ant farm sitting on her kitchen counter right now, I can say that this book would be appreciated in our house. I'm adding it to my list.

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    1. Ant farm. I never had one of those as a kid. Perhaps I can get my kiddo one.

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  11. Yay for bugs! And Staake and Amelia too!

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  12. umm.... "cute bugs," there are cute bugs? Go figure! While reading this, a huge spider just outside my dinning bifolds was devouring a cicada caught in his web. I just kept praying it won't fall down while I walk underneath it to collect the clothes drying on the deck, later. :) I must admit the cover is very cute, and I'm inspired by Eric's contribution.

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    1. I know most real-life bugs aren't so cute.

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  13. Ooooh, I must get my hands on this buggy book! This sounds like a fun read for boys or the bug-obsessed.

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  14. This sound like a new book for my bug book collection. Rhyme, fun illustrations created with the support, creativity and inspiration of a 6 year old girl and the mention of slime - what's not for a kindergarten class to love.

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  15. Oy, Bed bugs...it become a theme for adults. Nice that the author included them. I love the colorful illustration too.

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    1. Just the mention of bed bugs makes me squirm.

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