Bug Patrol

Bug Patrol

by Denise Dowling Mortensen
     
 

Wee-o! Wee-o! Wee-o! Woo! Bug Mobile coming through! Bugs are a misbehaving bunch, so Captain Bob, insect cop, has a busy beat. The beetles are using their bug mobiles like bumper cars, the roaches are protesting for better housing (down with roach motels!), and the crickets are up late, partying. Can Captain Bob keep the peace and maintain law and

Overview

Wee-o! Wee-o! Wee-o! Woo! Bug Mobile coming through! Bugs are a misbehaving bunch, so Captain Bob, insect cop, has a busy beat. The beetles are using their bug mobiles like bumper cars, the roaches are protesting for better housing (down with roach motels!), and the crickets are up late, partying. Can Captain Bob keep the peace and maintain law and order? This enthusiastic, goofy-sweet read-aloud is crawling with fun rhymes, lots of action, endearing bug-eyed characters, and a few lessons in manners, too!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Rollicking rhymes with spot-on rhythms. . . . A fun spoof.”
Kirkus

"Children will gleefully howl out the chorus and also come away with a new appreciation for policebug work."
Booklist
Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Captain Bob is on the police beat in his bug patrol car. Wee-o! Wee-o! Wee-o! Woo! He straightens out the ants when they rudely push others out of their way as they nibble on a donut. He writes up an accident report and tickets the beetles as they fight over a parking space. He fines speeding spiders on motorcycles. He tows the roaches to a better housing situation because they just did not like roach motels. Who can blame them? Captain Bob also does an excellent job uniting baby flea with his mother and doggie. And, finally, he puts the partying crickets to sleep with a lullaby on his megaphone. His job is all about manners, encouraging friendliness, and maintaining peace. In this enthusiastic book about wayward bugs, Mortensen writes rhymes with a real flare. Children will laugh over the funny, colorful illustrations. Parents and children alike will love this sweet, silly read-aloud. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
Kirkus Reviews
A bug's busy day highlights the many varied jobs of a police officer. In rollicking rhymes with spot-on rhythms, Mortensen presents her hero: "9 A.M. / Behind the wheel, / riding in / my Bug Mobile. / Coffee, cruller, / cruise control. / I'm Captain Bob, / Bug Patrol." Sound-effect balloons contain the radio messages from the dispatcher sending him to trouble spots: the ant swarm at the donut, beetle parking troubles, speeding spiders on low riders, a picket line at the Roach Motel, a lost baby flea and some crickets partying too loudly. While Capt. Bob's solutions may not completely reflect real life--the ants get lectured about rudeness and helping ants in need--they are creative: Capt. Bob gives the picketing roaches a ride to more suitable accommodations…at the landfill. Challenging vocabulary will stretch reader's knowledge while giving them the context and picture clues they need to decipher them--perpetrators, urban, picket line, dignified--though some humor is clearly meant to tickle adult readers' funny bones. Bell's acrylic-and-ink illustrations nicely echo the tongue-in-cheek tone of the text. Her bugs wear clothes, drive cars and have fully expressive faces--the bad-boy natures of those speeding spiders are easy to discern. The speckled texture in her artwork lends itself nicely to all the scenes, whether urban street, bright green grass or fur on the back of a dog. A fun spoof. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618790241
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,325,480
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD320L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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"A fun spoof."
Kirkus

Meet the Author


Denise Dowling Mortensen is the author of the several picture books, including Good Night Engines and Wake Up Engines. She lives in Chatham, New Jersey. For more information visit www.denisemortensen.com.

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