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Posted March 21, 2005
An Inventive Tale About Cooperation and Individual Strengths
Why would all manner of bugs hold a talent contest? Why, to see which would be voted the 'bugliest bug,' of course. In Carol Diggory Shields' charming tale, children will hear about click beetles clacking, crickets singing, and ladybugs doing a tumbling routine. Children will love the way each bug shows off doing what it does best. Even a plain little bug, young Damselfly Dilly, participates - and hers proves to be the most important role of all. Because what none of the other bugs notices is that the contest judges are spiders - who invented the contest merely as a way of getting a good night's supper. When Dilly points out that the judges are frauds, the bugs band together. Each bug, the quick-thinking Dilly declares, must do what it does best. And so the 'mantises prayed,' the 'army ants marched,' and 'bombardier beetles took to the skies.' When the malodorous stink bugs join the fray, it will come as no surprise to readers as to who wins the day - and who consequently wins the Bugliest Bug title. The tale is charmingly told in verse form, with bold and inventive illustrations. Written by a children's librarian and illustrated by an artist who lives on Bug Island (true!), The Bugliest Bug is sure to captivate young children. Those who enjoy this book might also enjoy another picture book entitled, Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee - A Bee's Bit of Wisdom, another lively and 'buggy' tale which also promotes the importantance of individual strengths. The Bugliest Bug and Ruby Lee are valuable tools for teaching children to believe in and to use their unique abilities to accomplish great things.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.