BEETLE BOY by Lawrence David

BEETLE BOY

Age Range: 6 - 10
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

When young Gregory Samson changes overnight into a giant beetle, it leaves him feeling anything but “snug as a bug in a rug.” Despite Gregory’s insistence regarding the changes that have overcome him, his parents, sister, teacher, and classmates notice no difference. Only his best friend, Michael, actually sees Gregory’s six legs, and helps him to identify himself in a library book as a carabus problematicus, or a ground beetle. Gregory’s family is forced to recognize his insect attributes when, in desperation, he crawls into the corner of the ceiling to cry. They love him anyway, and such affirmations help restore him to human form. Not surprisingly, David (The Good Little Girl, 1998, etc.) lists “Metamorphosis” as his inspiration; Kafka’s tale of insect angst translates splendidly to a story for younger audience. Durand’s illustrations express equally silliness and pathos, making Gregory as endearing as a beetle as he is as a boy. (Picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 1999
ISBN: 0-385-32549-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Doubleday
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 1999




MORE BY LAWRENCE DAVID

FictionNEED by Lawrence David
by Lawrence David
FictionFAMILY VALUES by Lawrence David
by Lawrence David

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE MINIATURE WORLD OF MARVIN & JAMES by Elise Broach
by Elise Broach
ChildrenHERMELIN THE DETECTIVE MOUSE by Mini Grey
by Mini Grey