Tiger Moth and his sidekick, Kung Pow, visit a dung beetle ranch owned by Tiger's Uncle Aphid. Thundering tarnation! The beetles are missing! It looks like the work of that varmint rustler Stinky McCree. Tiger is convinced, however, that somewhere out among the desert cacti, a darker evil lurks, and what is that gross stuff on Kung's hand? The cast of characters is great with their "stylized" appearances. Antennae Elementary School has a field trip to Uncle Aphid's Beetle Ranch; however, the herd of dung beetles has been rustled! The field trip would have been cancelled, but Tiger smells something. The smell is stinkbug! They saddle up on Uncle Aphid's fastest horseflies and find that the culprit was the crime bug of the underworld, Weevil! There is a big rumble and Stinky and company are put in their place. This is a neat graphic novel for younger children. There are detailed notes about the author and the illustrator and an informational section from the "Ninja Notebook," discussion questions, writing prompts, and internet sites, and a glossary. A Librarian Reviewer and a Reading Consultant are listed. This graphic novel is recommended for upper elementary children.
Aaron Reynolds loves bugs and loves books, so Tiger Moth was a perfect blend of both. Reynolds is the author of several great books for kids, including Chicks and Salsa, which Publishers Weekly called "a literary fandango." Reynolds had no idea what "fandango" meant. After looking it up in the dictionary, he learned the word means "playful and silly behavior." Reynolds hopes to write several more fandangos in the future. He lives near Chicago with his wife, two kids, and four insect-obsessed cats.
Erik Lervold was born in Puerto Rico, a small island in the Caribbean, and has been a professional painter. Deciding that he wanted to be a full-time artist, he moved to Florida, New York, Chicago, Duluth, and finally Minneapolis. He attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, majored in Comic Art, and graduated in 2004. Erik teaches classes in libraries in the Minneapolis area, and has taught art in the Minnesota Children's Museum. He loves the color green and has a bunch of really big goggles. He also loves sandwiches. If you want him to be your friend, bring him a roast beef sandwich and he will love you forever.