BUGS IN THE GARDEN by Beatrice Alemagna

BUGS IN THE GARDEN

Age Range: 3 - 4

KIRKUS REVIEW

With such insipid names as “Little Fat Bug,” “Little Speckled Bug” and “Little Big-Eyed Bug,” a group of unspecified insects ventures out from their blanket home into the great outdoors.

Annoyed with one another, these companions search for new friendships. It's no shocker they find their new acquaintances below standard: The bee's stinger carries painful implications, while the ant receives judgment for an unwelcoming appearance. Rather quickly, the individuals realize that all relationships are not without risks. The lengthy text labors with forced dialogue, and the plot lacks any hint of subtlety. “Because, you see, in the blanket, just as in the rest of the world, you'll never be able to find new friends if you're not brave enough to get to know them.” A collection of yarns, buttons and sequins makes up every stitch of the embroidered, felted characters within textured, mixed-media scenes. The vacant expressions of the bugs make for a ghoulish impact.

The grass will always be greener on the other side of this garden. (Board book. 3-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7148-6238-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Phaidon
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2011




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