PEST FEST by Julia Durango

PEST FEST

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

In beauty, talent and skills, the housefly can’t compete against other bugs. But as a pest, he’s a winner. Jaunty verses introduce an assortment of insects portrayed many times enlarged against a background of magnified parts of a fisherman revealed on the final endpapers. The brightly colored double-page paintings provide close-ups of the carpet beetle whi is Pest Fest master of ceremonies, as well as the undersides of contenders butterfly, firefly, cricket, cicada and spider. Contestants also include a dancing ladybug, a honeybee, a grasshopper, a water strider and other unnamed insects shown from a variety of unusual perspectives. Watching them strut their stuff, the forlorn housefly is shown from many different angles and magnifications, and finally, triumphantly victorious. Readers will enjoy returning to the pictures to identify the human body parts, clothing and fishing gear in the background. The familiar rhyme scheme (think “The Walrus and the Carpenter”) is handled well, and the book begs to be read aloud. Clever and appealing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)

Pub Date: June 5th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-689-85569-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2007




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