Desmond and the Naughtybugs

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Desmond is a sweet boy, usually. But it’s hard to be good when theNaughtybugs show up, and you never know when they might appear. On Monday morning, before school, the Sloggies slow him down with Dawdle Dust. On Tuesday afternoon, a Pesky orders him to topple a pile of apples in the grocery store. On Wednesday, the Squirmies and their spritzers full of Fidgey Mist ruin dinner at a restaurant. How will Desmond and his parents ever survive the week? In a playful and loving conclusion, Desmond and his parents defeat...
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Overview

Desmond is a sweet boy, usually. But it’s hard to be good when theNaughtybugs show up, and you never know when they might appear. On Monday morning, before school, the Sloggies slow him down with Dawdle Dust. On Tuesday afternoon, a Pesky orders him to topple a pile of apples in the grocery store. On Wednesday, the Squirmies and their spritzers full of Fidgey Mist ruin dinner at a restaurant. How will Desmond and his parents ever survive the week? In a playful and loving conclusion, Desmond and his parents defeat the Naughtybugs—at least until next time. . . .
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Children's Literature
What 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
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Desmond is usually a "sweet boy" who tries to listen to his parents and be good, but when the Naughtybugs show up-look out! The youngster attempts to avoid these troublesome creatures, but to no avail. The Sloggies slow him down in the morning with Dawdle Dust; a Pesky prods him to make trouble at the market; the Squirmies invade during dinner at a restaurant; and the Whineys goad him into bothering his busy mother. Finally, the Snarlies initiate a splashing battle during bath time, and when Desmond's parents laughingly join in, the mischievous mites are soon chased away by the Gigglies. Ashman delivers a lively tale with some sparkling descriptions and dialogue, while McGrory's charming illustrations add a whimsical touch. Although a bit lengthy for storytimes, this tale has appeal for one-on-one sharing.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Desmond is usually a well-behaved little boy-that is, until his house undergoes an infestation of the Naughtybugs. When the Sloggies arrive and sprinkle him with Dawdle Dust, it seems he will never make it to school on time. Apples tumble to the floor when a Pesky stirs up trouble at the grocery store. The Squirmies make it impossible for Desmond to sit still during dinner. After a visit from the Whineys sends him into time out, the situation seems perfect for a Snarly invasion. Luckily, Desmond and his parents are ready for it, using fun as the perfect repellent. Each species of bug has its own mischievous nature and its own improbable anatomy. The bright-pink Peskies are part dragonfly, part pterodactyl and part coiled spring, while the acid green Snarlies have the wings of a bat, the body of a stegosaurus and the head of a backhoe. A lighthearted look at bad behavior with the most understanding parents in the world. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525472032
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/2/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Ashman

LINDA ASHMAN is the author of many other picture books, including Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs, a Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

JANE DYER has illustrated many beloved--and bestselling--picture books. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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