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Children's LiteratureWhat makes usually nice kids like Desmond behave so badly sometimes? Why it's the Naughtybugs, of course. "And you just never know when they might show up." For example, on Monday a swarm of Sloggies sprinkle him with Dawdle Dust when he's getting dressed; then they won't let him eat or brush his teeth. In the supermarket on Tuesday a Pesky gives him very bad advice, causing a mess. On Wednesday, out to dinner with his folks, the Squirmies make him misbehave; on a rainy Thursday, beset by the Whineys, he ends up exasperating his mother and in the time-out chair. By Friday, a Snarly infestation starts trouble in the tub. Luckily the Gigglies bring the week of Naughtybugs to an end for the family, at least "mostly." The quintet of bugs introduced on the jacket/cover are ingeniously designed for their tasks. The pink Pesky with snappy beak and Snarlies with steam-shovel mouths all participate in the action, often observed with consternation by the family pooch. The sketchy watercolor drawings make the light-hearted activities seem all too real. 2006, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz