Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things

Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things

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by David L. Harrison, Rob Shepperson
     
 

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

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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 mind-tickling comedy.

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.
School Library Journal

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590784518
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author


David L. Harrison wrote the acclaimed poetry collection Somebody Catch My Homework. His other children's books include Sounds of the rain: Poems of the Amazon, The Book of Giant Stories, and Caves, which is part of the Earthworks nonfiction series published by Boyds Mills Press. Mr. Harrison has received a Christopher Award, a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year award and four IRA-CBC Children's Choice awards. He lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Rob Shepperson's droll editorial drawings appear regularly in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He is also the illustrator of Carolyn Coman's The Big house.  Mr. Shepperson lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.