Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery

Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery

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by Ellen Stoll Walsh
     
 

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Bugs are all over Dot and Jabber's meadow. Then--poof!--they're gone! Bugs can't just disappear, can they?
The mouse detectives know a big bug mystery when they see one. Join them as they search for clues to prove that there's more to this vanishing act than meets the eye.
An afterword provides clear and fascinating information about how insects

Overview

Bugs are all over Dot and Jabber's meadow. Then--poof!--they're gone! Bugs can't just disappear, can they?
The mouse detectives know a big bug mystery when they see one. Join them as they search for clues to prove that there's more to this vanishing act than meets the eye.
An afterword provides clear and fascinating information about how insects and animals use camouflage.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh is the third in a series about the two mouse detectives. This time their scientific mystery involves the insects they've been watching, which seem to disappear. As the two search for bugs, grasshoppers and butterflies, they learn about how insects use camouflage to survive. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The mouse detective duo sets out to solve the mystery of the disappearing bugs in this entry of the Dot and Jabber "science mystery" series, which aims to demystify and explain natural concepts to a preschool audience. In this book, Walsh explores the wonder of camouflage. The prose is not particularly poetic, and Dot and Jabber could have better defined personalities, but the book succeeds on its primary level—making science accessible—and readers should appreciate Dot and Jabber's unintimidating approach. They reveal curiosity and sometimes confusion, with comments such as "Everybody's hiding, but I don't see anyplace to hide." The cut-paper collage illustrations are especially well-suited to this subject, as Walsh expertly disguises animals in her landscapes. Keen-eyed kids may be able to spot the green butterflies hiding on one page; if not, they are cleverly revealed on the next. A final page offers more information on insects and camouflage for curious listeners. Other titles in the series include "The Great Acorn Mystery" and "The Mystery of the Missing Stream." 2003, Harcourt, Ages 4 to 7.
— Diane Frook
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-The mouse detectives are back in another eco-mystery. When all the bugs in their meadow suddenly disappear, the mice interview a sparrow and a rabbit and observe some butterflies, finally discovering that the bugs have used camouflage to hide from their predators. The story is simple and unremarkable, but Walsh's illustrations add interest. The distinctive cut-paper collages step nicely off the page for a 3-D look, and the earthy greens and browns are gentle and calming. A note on insects and camouflage is included.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The dynamic mouse detective duo is at it again solving mysteries of the natural world for young children. This time, Dot and Jabber tackle the problem of disappearing bugs. Out for a walk in the meadow, they stop to watch some bugs, but when they turn away and look back again, the bugs have disappeared. The two begin gathering clues, looking, listening, and chatting with the other animals in the meadow. Gradually, they learn that the bugs are hiding from animals that might eat them. The last clue leads the mice to look closely for small movements, and they find all the missing bugs-they were hiding in plain sight. A final page gives readers more information about insects and introduces the term camouflage. Young children will enjoy the seek-and-find quality to the illustrations as they try to find all the bugs on each page. Walsh's paper collages make the hidden bugs stand out a little more, without completely giving away their locations. Another excellent science mystery. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher

Praise for the Dot and Jabber books:
"Walsh's familiar cut-paper collages present a simple cycle of life that most young children can easily grasp, and  her graceful creatures transform the science lessons into something fun, thoughtful, and very special."  --BooklistPraise for Dot and Jabber's science mysteries:

"Dot and Jabber are the perfect mice to lead young readers in exploring the great outdoors."--Kirkus Reviews

"A good choice for all collections."--School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547564272
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
Dot & Jabber
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
24 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author and illustrator of many award-winning early concept books for young children, including Mouse Paint and Mouse Count. She lives in upstate New York.

ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author-illustrator of many popular books for children, including the successful Mouse Paint and Mouse Count books. She lives in upstate New York.

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