Bugs Galore

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From the inspired team behind Cars Galore comes a new read-aloud buzzing with nonstop rhymes and swarming with comical retro illustrations.

Bugs, bugs, BUGS galore creep, slither, stink, and squirm; scurry, fly — ewww, a worm! Dig in as a flurry of bugs of every shape, size, and color crawl across the page in a veritable infestation of whimsy and humor. Cars Galore creators Peter Stein and Bob Staake return to thrill (and gross out) bug enthusiasts of all ages, offering an ...

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Overview

From the inspired team behind Cars Galore comes a new read-aloud buzzing with nonstop rhymes and swarming with comical retro illustrations.

Bugs, bugs, BUGS galore creep, slither, stink, and squirm; scurry, fly — ewww, a worm! Dig in as a flurry of bugs of every shape, size, and color crawl across the page in a veritable infestation of whimsy and humor. Cars Galore creators Peter Stein and Bob Staake return to thrill (and gross out) bug enthusiasts of all ages, offering an in-the-dirt, high-in-the-sky critter tale sure to leave readers wiggling and stampeding for more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stein and Staake follow up Cars Galore (2011) with an equally energetic ode to insects, which Staake portrays interacting with children—sometimes to their delight, sometimes not—in a style that’s Dr. Seuss meets Hieronymus Bosch. Stein’s staccato verse keeps an upbeat tempo throughout: “Some bugs cruise/ around in groups./ Some bugs fly in/ loop-de-loops./ Some bugs land/ smack-dab in soups/ Some bugs crawl/ right under... oops” (the “oops” bug is shown flattened under a girl’s shoe). The madcap cartoons create an atmosphere that feels almost interplanetary, playing up the alien nature (and the diversity) of the insect world. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Bug lovers unite! Here is a book that exposes the gritty and the beautiful of the insect world while subtly reminding us that we are vastly outnumbered by the tiny creatures. An infestation of common everyday bugs such as worms, bees and spiders are all addressed but ample time is also given to the not-so-authentically-labeled or wholly realistic creepy crawlers like the "ugly tall bugs," "slime-your-hand bugs" and "crawl-on-poo bugs." The brisk, bouncy text is full of Seussian rhymes and rhythms that spark the imagination and roll off the tongue, begging to be read out loud. Staake's signature bold, graphic illustrations fill every inch of space with a playful busyness reminiscent of Richard Scarry, inviting close-looking with each reading to see what new detail or creature might be discovered. (Bonus: The vibrant colors and quirky characters spread all the way to the end pages.) Bug enthusiasts of all ages will appreciate this celebration of the unique and often disgusting critters that share our planet. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—With bouncing rhyme and illustrations that demand multiple viewings, Bugs Galore is a rollicking celebration of all things creepy-crawly. This highly successful collaboration shows how well text and artwork can add up to something more. In a particularly successful spread, the art and verse combine to capture the magic of viewing fireflies, "Lightning glow bugs./Nighttime show bugs./Shining bright bugs./What-a-sight bugs!" Staake's bright, geometric illustrations are equally suited for large groups or up-close viewing. The main action is always clear and bold, but each spread features dozens of bugs with individual details, expressions, and actions. Kids will love identifying the little creatures specified in the text and discovering other stories through the pictures. Though not informational (while spiders are a gray area, worms are definitely not "bugs"), this book will no doubt delight children.—Anna Haase Krueger, Antigo Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A veritable swarm of adjectives, opposites and, ew, bugs. The author/illustrator duo behind Cars Galore (2011) turns its attention to creepy-crawly, multi-legged friends. With a jaunty lilt and playful exaggeration, the rhythmic text contains plenty of fun: "Spider creeping … / scary. Gross. / Lurking … leaping! / Don't get close!" Bees, lice, beetles and bedbugs all get their due; even that weird, unidentifiable bug ("Hairy, scary-- / what was THAT bug?") has a turn to shine. Staake's familiar, rotund characters are surrounded by bugs of all colors, shapes, patterns and sizes. The frenetic insect-and-arachnid infestation sometimes overwhelms the design, but it pairs well with the jumbling, tumbling bounce of the text. Besides seeking out individual critters described on each page, readers will have no shortage of other creepy-crawlies to find and examine. (The extras are a peak into Staake's imagination--checkered thoraxes, striped, pointed noses, and oh, so many legs.) Stein ends the menagerie on a contemplative note: "Bug, so secret / are you wise? / Gazing out through / all those eyes? / What exactly / do you see? / I see you … // Do you see me?" Wistful, yet not likely to prevent the next squish. Squirmy and educational. (Picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher
An energetic ode to insects in a style that's Dr. Seuss meets Hieronymus Bosch... The madcap cartoons create an atmosphere that feels almost interplanetary, playing up the alien nature (and the diversity) of the insect world.
—Publishers Weekly

With bouncing rhyme and illustrations that demand multiple viewings, Bugs Galore is a rollicking celebration of all things creepy-crawly. This highly successful collaboration shows how well text and artwork can add up to something more... The main action is always clear and bold, but each spread features dozens of bugs with individual details, expressions, and actions. Kids will love identifying the little creatures specified in the text and discovering other stories through the pictures.
—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763647544
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 432,246
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Stein is the author of seven gift books, including Age Is Nothing, Attitude Is Everything and Fine Friends: A Little Book About You and Me. With Bob Staake, he is the co-creator of Cars Galore. He lives in Petaluma, California.

Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated more than fifty books, including Cars Galore and The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. His work has graced the cover of the New Yorker a dozen times, and his Barack Obama victory cover was named Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. Bob Staake lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    For Valentine's Day, so I gave my son a book:  Bugs Galore.  I d

    For Valentine's Day, so I gave my son a book:  Bugs Galore.  I definitely am not a fan of bugs.  I will rescue any ladybug unlucky enough to end up in our house; I won't kill spiders if I know they are innocuous; and I'll even leave fire ant nests alone if there are in areas where no one walks -- they prey on termites; and if I'm outside and the bugs leave me alone, I will leave them alone, but that's pretty much is the extent of my affection for bugs.  So, I wasn't really expecting to like a bug book.  But I did.  And more importantly, so did my four-year-old son.  He called this a "beautiful bug book".  The description is perfect.
    We already have Cars Galore, and I really liked the writing in it.  If possible, I like the writing in Bugs Galore even more.  Peter Stein writes like he is reading out loud to a young child, which, of course, is the best way to write for young children.  I don't know how he manages it, but his rhyming scheme and meter never feel forced or artificial.  His text is so wonderfully picturesque that he just holds the door wide open for Bob Staake's illustrative wackiness to stomp right in.  And it does.
    Again, although I am NOT a bug person, I like the artwork in Bugs Galore even better than Cars Galore.  Every page in Bugs Galore crawls with "beautiful bugs".  There is a wonderful freedom in the sprawl of the crawling bugs that could not exist with cars on the road.  I should point out that I am writing this review without having the book in front of me because my son took the "beautiful bug book" to his room and he won't let me have it back.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    Gather the kids for a really fun read

    Gather the kids around you and prepare for a giggling, tickling, squinting, rollicking read through this delightful bouncy rhyme feast coupled with a plethora of adorable buggy wuggies of all shapes, color, stripes, plaids, and spots. Big and little. Long and stout. Flying, crawling. These critters will enthrall the kiddies and capture their imagination as their own little fingers just itch to draw some of the bugs for themselves. So be prepared for them to want to draw, color, and scare you with their own creations. The imagination of illustrator Bob Staake holds no bounds. He has so many bugs and critters on each page that the kiddies will be searching and finding for hours or days delighted with each unique find. There are the specific bugs representing author Peter Stein's delightful rollicking rhyme, and there are the accompanying varieties creeping and flying all around. A sample of this delightful book.... Big bugs, small bugs, creep bugs, crawl bugs, Sky bugs, land bugs, Slime-your-hand bugs! (did you catch that giggle?) Love bugs, Shove bugs, Head bugs, Bedbugs, Cute bugs, Fruit bugs, Live bugs, Dead bugs. I recommend that you find yourself and your kiddies a copy of this book and get to enjoying it. Available at your favorite bookseller.

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