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BUG IN A RUG by Jamie Gilson


by Jamie Gilson & illustrated by Diane de Groat

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: April 20th, 1998
ISBN: 0-395-86616-2
Publisher: Clarion

When Richard has to go to school wearing the oversized bright purple pants his eccentric Aunt Nannie made for him, he is mortified, and has to hold on to them so they won’t fall down. Worse, it’s his turn to be the class assistant, which means he has to, for example, hand out mealworms while holding on to his pants, with predictable results. When equally eccentric Uncle Ken shows up at school with a pair of bright red suspenders for Richard, the man’s good humor charms the class and even inspires them to think about wearing their own silly clothes to school. The wonderful message, that being different can be fun, is brought home, but never obviously or didactically. All of the characters are likable, especially Richard, who is appropriately worried without being whiny. De Groat’s warm black-and-white drawings perfectly match the lighthearted mood of the text. (Fiction. 6-10)