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BEETLE BOP by Denise Fleming


by Denise Fleming

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-15-205936-1
Publisher: Harcourt

A lively rhyme tracks a bevy of beetles as they lay eggs on a pumpkin, evade predators, munch on leaves, splash in water and bang into light bulbs. Fleming’s trademark pressed-paper collages take advantage of the scale of this close-up look at the bugs, offering a graphic glimpse at a toad’s luridly open mouth and an endearing look at a surprised-looking green beetle peeking out from behind a tree. The edges between shapes are often tinged with bright blue or pink, lending an incandescence to the whole that is breathtaking. The text is so heavily rhythmic that it practically reads itself aloud, the typeface dancing across the page to help it along. So engaging is this offering, however, that it comes as a disappointment not to have any identification afforded these lovingly rendered bugs, the bare beetle facts at the end only begging a more thorough exploration. So common is such an appendix these days that its absence in this work is all the more remarkable. Still, paired with a good field guide, Fleming’s latest will delight bug-loving preschoolers over and over again. (Picture book. 2-5)