Big Rig Bugs

Big Rig Bugs

by Kurt Cyrus
     
 

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Clear that thicket, dozer cricket.
Ants that sift, sort and lift.
Big bug rig, watch it dig.

Lifting, sorting, digging, and hauling are dirty jobs, but someone's got to do them. So when a construction worker throws away a half-eaten sandwich, a crew of bugs gets to work clearing the area of debris. With a simple text and up-close

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Clear that thicket, dozer cricket.
Ants that sift, sort and lift.
Big bug rig, watch it dig.

Lifting, sorting, digging, and hauling are dirty jobs, but someone's got to do them. So when a construction worker throws away a half-eaten sandwich, a crew of bugs gets to work clearing the area of debris. With a simple text and up-close illustrations, readers will see how bugs and trucks have much in common—that an ant is just like a forklift or a cricket can act as a bulldozer. Kids will be fascinated by Kurt Cyrus's innovative and bold artwork showing each bug's unique way of getting the job done!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
A construction worker's tossed sandwich becomes the beginning of a bug construction project. One has a bug's perspective as a sandwich is deconstructed while the construction equipment operates in the distance. Each two pages rhyme as the bugs do their work and this rhyme can appeal to those listening to the story. The book's ending with an excavator makes for a good rhyme but seems unnecessary as the bugs' work is complete. Cyrus is known for larger-than-life pictures and these pages do not disappoint. The dragonfly lifting the sandwich ball is very impressive. However, in some cases, a reduced image might have made the bug easier to recognize or made what is happening more evident. Only various parts of the bugs appear on the book's pages. The story seems to take second place to the rhymes and this may cause a first-grade audience to not return to this story. Younger readers that enjoy bugs or construction equipment may like this book. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Kirkus Reviews
Cyrus offers a creative, appealing comparison between bugs and construction trucks. When a litterbug at a construction site tosses his lunch remains out the window, the bugs spring into action: "Cleanup crew- / work to do! / Big rigs roll / from every hole." Each bug then does its own job, metaphors connecting them to one of the tiny construction trucks seen off in the distance. "Clear that thicket, / dozer cricket," reads the text as a bulldozer rolls over the hill in the background. The illustrations give readers a close-up view of the action, the bugs filling the spreads, some so large that their entire bodies do not fit within the confines of the pages. While this lends well to larger group sharing, it takes away somewhat from the detail-in some cases it is difficult to tell exactly what the bugs are doing with the sandwich remains, and this weakens the impact. The bare-bones, rhyming text makes this accessible to even very young children, while the combination of construction trucks and bugs is sure to guarantee its popularity. (Picture book. 2-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Digital illustrations explore perspective as a crew of insects joins together to clean up a construction worker's littered tuna-fish sandwich. Rhymed couplets like, "Clear that thicket, dozer cricket" on each page feature creatures such as an ant, a weevil, a pickleworm, an earwig, and a dragonfly. The oversize views of bugs will delight many children, as will the construction analogy, which is reinforced by distant views of a corresponding piece of heavy machinery. Unfortunately, some of the scenes are blurry, and in one case the insect's head is obstructed by the pickle it carries. The closing line, "See you later, excavator," keeps the rhythm bouncing to the end, and Cyrus's general concept is unique.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802786746
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

KURT CYRUS is the illustrator of Tadpole Rex, Mammoths on the Move and M. T. Anderson's Whales on Stilts and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
www.kurtcyrus.com

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