Buglette, the Messy Sleeper

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All sleepers will adore Buglette—a tidy little bug by day, a messy little sleeper at night. That's when she tosses and turns and kicks and flips while she dreams of doing BIG things like building mountains and kicking balls over the moon. Her quirky habit annoys her family—after all, what if her messy sleeping wakes the scary crow?—until her big dreams help her to save the day. Whimsical watercolor illustrations of a ladybug family and an endearing story about being different, dreaming big, and learning to be ...

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Overview

All sleepers will adore Buglette—a tidy little bug by day, a messy little sleeper at night. That's when she tosses and turns and kicks and flips while she dreams of doing BIG things like building mountains and kicking balls over the moon. Her quirky habit annoys her family—after all, what if her messy sleeping wakes the scary crow?—until her big dreams help her to save the day. Whimsical watercolor illustrations of a ladybug family and an endearing story about being different, dreaming big, and learning to be brave will appeal to children with wild imaginations—messy sleepers or not.

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Editorial Reviews

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Review, Booklist Magazine, April 15, 2011:
"Many children will recognize their own nightmares in images of the huge, scary crow, monstrous in the dark night, and they will savor the little bug's final, victorious standoff."
Children's Literature - Maggie L. Schrock
Buglette is a tidy bug, often cleaning and straightening her leaf. Unfortunately, Buglette is a messy sleeper. At night she dreams huge dreams that cause her to toss and turn, throwing her blankets and pillows all over. Worried that Buglette's thrashing about will attract the mean crow, Buglett's brothers put an acorn cap over Buglette's leaf while she sleeps. But that night, Buglette dreams she jumped from a plane! As she thrashed about, Buglette kicked the acorn cap right off, causing it to fall and hit one of her brothers on the head. Spot shouts out in pain, attracting the attention of the crow overhead. Just as he raises his beak toward Spot, Buglette jumps from her leaf, and sails through the air using her blankets as a parachute. Buglette scares the crow away, and becomes her family's hero. An adorably written and illustrated story, Buglette will teach readers the value of being different, having big dreams, and showing bravery. Reviewer: Maggie L. Schrock
Kirkus Reviews

Buglette is neat and precise during the day, but each morning she awakens to a messy bed that reflects the big dreams of the night before.

Driving a construction machine leads to a mountain of blankets, and kicking a ball over the moon leaves her pillow teetering on a branch. Her parents tend to be heavy handed with guilt-inducing comments, comparing her to her brothers, who are "neat little sleepers," and sighing over "how we ended up with a messy sleeper." They also plant the seed of blame when they suggest that her nighttime movements might wake up their feared predator, the crow. Her brothers make an attempt to "put a lid" on her, but the result is near disaster when the crow makes his move. Buglette bravely saves them all by emulating her intrepid dream self. Murguia's tale sends mixed messages. Messy sleeping may be an issue for bugs, but it probably won't resonate with humans, and literal-minded young readers will not be able to project any alternate interpretations. Mama Bug's attitude is especially problematic and obfuscates the apparent theme of celebrating differences and dreaming of possibilities. The watercolor illustrations in nature's colors are appealing, and Buglette's action-packed dreams are charmingly depicted. They also serve to provide a visual interpretation that, perhaps, rises above the text.

Here's hoping Murguia's next book has a clarity of text that matches the illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582463759
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,039,054
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

BETHANIE DEENEY MURGUIA graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rochester, where she studied psychology and fine art. She received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. While in New York, she was an art director for Hearst Magazines. Bethanie lives in Sausalito, California, with her husband and two little buglettes of her own. This is her first picture book.

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