Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things

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Insects with attitude. When gnats don swords and feathered hats, and a flea named Ralph has giraffe in "hif mouf," it's not long before other crawly insects become bold, too. In this lively collection of bug-centered poems, a grasshopper who's downright tacky chews weeds and spits "tobacky," while a dumb pair of beetles sets out to float across the sea in a tennis-shoe boat. Rob Shepperson's drawings add quiet visual humor to David L. Harrison's quick-witted verse, and the combination of the two creates ...

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Overview

Insects with attitude. When gnats don swords and feathered hats, and a flea named Ralph has giraffe in "hif mouf," it's not long before other crawly insects become bold, too. In this lively collection of bug-centered poems, a grasshopper who's downright tacky chews weeds and spits "tobacky," while a dumb pair of beetles sets out to float across the sea in a tennis-shoe boat. Rob Shepperson's drawings add quiet visual humor to David L. Harrison's quick-witted verse, and the combination of the two creates mind-tickling comedy.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
These bugs crawl, creep, fly, sting, itch, bite, chew, and jump. They are fat, skinny, graceful, big, and tiny. There are dragonflies, spiders, termites, lice, apple worms, and gnats. They all have one thing in common—they are celebrated in delightful, refreshing, and often humorous poems. The opening poem that ends with "I've always said / that bugs are pests, / but bugs who read / are welcome guests" sets the tone for all that follows. The ink drawings are the perfect accompaniment, and its small size allows it to easily slip into a pocket while on a nature walk to woo the bugs with lyrical poems all their own.
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PreS-Gr 3
Like the open jar depicted on the blue cover, this compact volume attempts to capture a variety of bugs for closer examination. The 40 small poems feature everything from a louse to a chocolate-covered grasshopper. Playful black-and-white cartoon illustrations and page layouts punch up the poetry's delicate silliness. While the book's small size seems intended for individual reading, the selections themselves work best shared aloud. Several of them are intended for two voices or a chorus. Pair this lively title with Paul Fleischman's glorious Joyful Noise (HarperCollins, 1988).
—Julie RoachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590784518
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 946,398
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Harrison is the author of more than 70 books that have sold over 15 million copies. Pirates, also illustrated by Dan Burr, was placed on the Texas Bluebonnet Award 2010-2011 Master List. Harrison is the recipient of many awards, including the Christopher Award and the Missouri Librarian Association Literacy Award for the body of his work. He lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Rob Shepperson lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife and two daughters. His droll editorial drawings appear regularly in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He is also illustrator of David Harrison's Bugs and The Big House by Carolyn Coman.

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Table of Contents


Bugs     7
Gnat     8
Spiderwebs     9
A tick's friends     10
Millipede     11
Worm     12
Scorpion     14
Flea     15
Dragonfly     16
Grasshopper     18
Grub     19
Bees     20
Praying mantis     22
Seventeen-year cicada     24
Bookworm     25
Plumpish bug     26
Fly     28
Cicada ghosts     30
Ants     31
Caterpillar     32
Spider     33
Dumb beetles     34
Ladybug     35
Termite     36
Louse     37
Centipede     38
Spanish flea     40
Chocolate-covered grasshopper     42
Moth     43
Apple worm     44
Mosquito     45
Bedbug     46
Pill bug     47
No-see-um     48
Firefly     49
Bad beetles     50
Dung beetle     51
Roaches     52
Chigger     54
Other bugs     55
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    kind of disappointed

    I thought this would be really cute to read to the grandsons, but it's not what I expected. It's just an average book.

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