STINK BUG SAVES THE DAY! by Bill Myers

STINK BUG SAVES THE DAY!

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This retelling of the well-known parable is anything but staid: The travelers who need help are a family of roly-poly bugs, and the Good Samaritan is a stinkbug whose insect name describes his most apparent (but not most important) characteristic. After a gang of meddlesome biker flies attacks the father of the roly-poly bug family, he is left injured by the side of the road. A squad of marching ants and a trio of butterflies pass by, but all refuse to help until the stinkbug kindly comes to the rescue. Cartoon-style illustrations in a muted, moody palette are organized sequentially in multiple panels, with speech balloons in brighter colors and a jazzy typeface, augmented by witty details of the insects’ anthropomorphic world. The droll, rhyming text offers additional humor in a punchy, rap style that begs to be read aloud. Though the parable is handled lightheartedly, it cleverly conveys all the essential elements of the story in a memorable way that children will enjoy. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-310-71219-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Zonderkidz
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2008