THE BOLL WEEVIL BALL by Kelly Murphy

THE BOLL WEEVIL BALL

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Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A tiny beetle finds the perfect dancing partner in this endearing, if awkwardly written, debut. So short that only the top of his head shows in a family portrait, Redd nonetheless decides that he’s going to the Boll Weevil Ball. Arriving “a little frazzled” after hitching a wild ride on a passing cricket, then almost getting squished on the dance floor, he sadly climbs onto a branch to watch—and meets Lily, a lightning bug just his size. She lifts him up, and the ensuing self-lit, aerial Weevil Waltz brings all of the earthbound dancers to a standstill. Though some lines aren’t as well phrased as they might be—“Suddenly, legs and feet flew at him from all directions”; “Finally, Redd was as tall as his big brothers”—Murphy’s stubby limbed, dot-eyed insects are brightly decorated and pose gracefully in romantically lit nighttime scenes. A pleasant take on the idea, which children are always receptive to, that size and success are not necessarily related. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8050-6712-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2002




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