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UNDER ONE ROCK by Anthony D. Fredericks


Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs

by Anthony D. Fredericks & illustrated by Jennifer DiRubbio

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1-58469-028-3
Publisher: DAW/Berkley

In a cumulative text in the form of The House That Jack Built, Fredericks (The Wonder of Elephants, not reviewed, etc.) has created a story about the creatures found under a rock: “A village of animals with special features.” Earthworms, ants, spiders, beetles, field crickets, slugs, and a millipede call this rock home, and the author presents each with one unique characteristic in a rhyming couplet: “Some tiny field crickets who sing with their feet / Search near the rock for some seeds they can eat.” The field notes at the back will whet the appetite of budding entomologists, but do not give a substantial amount of information, nor answer questions that may be raised in the reading. For example, although all the insects live in one habitat and the author presents them as “friends” and “neighbors,” one would think that at least the spider and the beetle would eat the others. DiRubbio’s (How Shellmakers Build Their Amazing Homes, not reviewed, etc.) illustrations are brightly colored and done from the perspective of an insect—blades of grass are as tall as the page, the rock appears to be a mountain. But overall it’s nothing special and should be skipped. (Picture book. 5-8)