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Bugs!

Bugs!

by David T. Greenberg, Lynn Munsinger, Lynn M. Munsinger
     
 

Rare beyond compare
Is caterpillar hair.
Take a tweezers, yank it,
Weave yourself a blanket.

From cooking crickets at a barbecue to riding spiders at the rodeo, David Greenberg's companion to Slugs and Skunks has no shortage of uses for all types of creepy crawlies. David's gross-out humor and addictive rhymes

Overview

Rare beyond compare
Is caterpillar hair.
Take a tweezers, yank it,
Weave yourself a blanket.

From cooking crickets at a barbecue to riding spiders at the rodeo, David Greenberg's companion to Slugs and Skunks has no shortage of uses for all types of creepy crawlies. David's gross-out humor and addictive rhymes will have bug lovers and bug haters alike laughing out loud at this hilarious picture book.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book
"Irresistibly repulsive...evokes delicious shudders of disgust."
Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
"Whether read alone or read aloud, this is repulsively fun poetry."
Rolling Stone
"If you're going to read but one book this summer, make it Slugs."
American Bookseller
"You can't beat this book for sheer hilarity. I know it's gross. That's the best part!"
New York Times
Praise for Slugs:

"An atrociously funny guidebook geared to churn your intestines."

From the Publisher
Praise for Bugs:
"Tasty, crunchy, squishy—kids will eat this up."—Horn Book"

Whether read alone or read aloud, this is repulsively fun poetry."—Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books

Praise for Slugs:"

An atrociously funny guidebook geared to churn your intestines."—New York Times"

Irresistibly repulsive...evokes delicious shudders of disgust."—Horn Book"

If you're going to read but one book this summer, make it Slugs."—Rolling Stone"

You can't beat this book for sheer hilarity. I know it's gross. That's the best part!"—American Bookseller

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Greenberg (Slugs) once again indulges a child's delight in yuckiness, this time with bugs (e.g., instead of putting slugs in a blender, this time Greenberg advises grinding stink bugs in a pepper mill). For dinner he suggests that "praying mantis pizza/ Is a culinary must," or, for the not so faint of heart, "try millipedes for dental floss,/ Feel them scrape away the moss." Like Slugs, Bugs ends with the cunning victims turning the tables, and pinning the erstwhile hero to the wall in a permanent Human Being Collection. While Greenberg's distinctive, outr humor and plot in both books are similar, Munsinger's (The Tale of Custard the Dragon) clever illustrations take a different tack, focusing the action on a single perplexed, cheerful boy and his adoring terrier. In one climactic spread, "Bugs with pincers, claws, and hair,/ Bugs much fiercer than a bear", an army of bugs in sci-fi proportion pursue the outsized grizzly who's after the boy (and the tail of his terrier) in a diagonal chase across the pages. Throughout, the boy possesses an innocence that belies the text. But by its conclusion, young bugwatchers will be wise to the grossly fun puns (though they may think twice before barbecuing spit bugs). Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly
BUGS! David T. Greenberg, illus. by Lynn Munsinger. "Greenberg once again indulges a child's delight in yuckiness with bugs, accompanied by Munsinger's clever illustrations," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This book about insects is written in poetic form with cleverly chosen vocabulary. The book explores the different things that can be done to bugs. Bugs can be cooked, trained, ground up, and eaten. Then the author changes perspective and suggests what bugs might do to us. Although bugs can be very fascinating creatures, this book will probably make readers scrunch up their noses and stick out their tongues. In fact, it probably wouldn't be a good idea for anyone who does not enjoy, well, vomiting, to read this book. The artwork is colorful, creative, and has just as much description as the writing, which makes the ideas even more unappealing! While using some cartoon-like qualities for the humans, the artist drew very accurate details on the insects. This is a humorous book, but some young children might find it disturbing. The book would appeal most to boys who enjoy grossing out their parents. 2002 (orig. 1997), Little Brown and Company, Ages 4 to 8.
— Emily Leising
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4Nonsense rhymes celebrate an invasion of bugs and suggest myriad outlandish uses to which they might be put. Stringing fireflies to light up Christmas trees; making a butterfly bracelet, a beetle brooch, and an earwig nose ring; and using spider webs for tissues and millipedes for dental floss are some of the far-out ideas. Revolting foods ("Praying mantis pizza/Is a culinary must/With lots of extra maggots/And a daddy longlegs crust") should bring shudders of disgust to young readers who devour the repulsive. Whimsical watercolor drawings capture the gross humor.Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316355766
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
1 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

David Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, NY, went to Reed College, and lives in the Northwest. He and his wife Susan preside over a recombined family of four, Sam, Evan, Alexandra, and Jane (who has four legs and a tail and will happily eat off the floor or table or even the street itself). With the exception of one historical novel (A Tugging String), David has written poetry picture books exclusively, most with LB, but with FSG, Dutton, and Bantam as well. Titles include, Slugs, Bugs!, Skunks!, Snakes!, Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty?, and Enchanted Lions, among many. He is director of the Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop and Publish a Picture Book, Intensive Online Course. He visits schools nationally and around the world to read from his works and teach writing.

Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of nearly one hundred picture books, including Bugs!, Skunks!, and Crocs! by David T. Greenberg. She lives in Vermont.

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