BARTHOLOMEW AND THE BUG by Neal Layton

BARTHOLOMEW AND THE BUG

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

First U.S. edition of a UK prizewinner, this brief tale sends a kindhearted bear and a short-lived crane flying off to the Big City. Having always been mildly curious about the glow just visible at the edge of his wilderness haunts, Bartholomew is moved to depart from his comfortable routine when a hyper insect, desperate to reach the bright lights, bumps into his nose. Though the sojourn turns out to be far longer than expected, and first impressions rather disappointing as they arrive in daytime, once the sun goes down and the lights come up, it’s Party time with a capital “P.” Layton pairs occasionally errant lines of text, and exclamatory comments in balloons, to scribbly illustrations that underscore the amusing contrasts between the lumbering bear and his tiny, frantic companion. Having seen the bug and a lady friend flit off into ecstatic electrocution after a night of good times, Bartholomew returns to his woodland retreat with both fond memories and a new taste for the occasional fling. A lighthearted take on mortality, as well as the old truth that travel is a broadening experience. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: July 15th, 2006
ISBN: 0-340-87328-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2006




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