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I LOVE BUGS! by Emma Dodd

I LOVE BUGS!

By Emma Dodd (Author) , Emma Dodd (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: March 15th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2280-7
Publisher: Holiday House

This young narrator loves bugs of all sorts, including several creepy-crawlies that are not bugs or even insects. The child’s passion comes across in the punchy adjectives used to describe the plethora of up-close critters that festoon the pages. “I love springy jumpy leapy bugs / and slimy crawly creepy bugs.” And which are the best? Why, the ones that send you screaming, of course. While scientists may decry the grouping of spiders and insects under the “bug” heading, they cannot deny the infectiousness of the child’s enthusiasm. The large font and easy vocabulary make this a great choice for beginning readers. Even children who don’t love bugs (or insects or spiders) should enjoy identifying the many creepy critters between the covers. Dodd once again emplys large colorful ilustrations that fill the pages and give readers a sense of being enclosed in the book right alongside the narrator. Paired with Bob Barner’s classic Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (1999) or Denise Fleming’s taxonomically correct Beetle Bop (2007) as a springboard for an adjective lesson or on its own, this is just plain fun. (Picture book. 3-7)