Little Buggy

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Little Buggy is determined to learn to fly—today. But flying is not as easy as it looks. It takes a few falls, a lot of patience, and plenty of gentle encouragement (and help up off the ground) from Dad. Some bugs might give up . . . but not Little Buggy.
Popular illustrator Kevin O'Malley has created a funny and warmhearted father-son story perfect for any child who must tackle something difficult for the first time, and for parents having a hard time letting them fall. With ...

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Overview

Little Buggy is determined to learn to fly—today. But flying is not as easy as it looks. It takes a few falls, a lot of patience, and plenty of gentle encouragement (and help up off the ground) from Dad. Some bugs might give up . . . but not Little Buggy.
Popular illustrator Kevin O'Malley has created a funny and warmhearted father-son story perfect for any child who must tackle something difficult for the first time, and for parents having a hard time letting them fall. With the inspiring message that learning something new isn't easy—but success can come when you least expect it—this book is the ideal gift for adventurers of any age.

A young ladybug is determined to learn how to fly and, with the help of his father, he succeeds.

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Publishers Weekly
Generous measures of humor and empathy bring depth to this modest tale of a ladybug learning to fly. The drama unfolds in what appears to be a dense jungle packed with leafy obstacles. With his father counseling him, Little Buggy attempts to fly, and after a few falls he soars, the perspective changing from the insects' to a human's eye-view of two tiny ladybugs flying over a typical suburban backyard. What makes the story soar, too, is its relevance to children learning any new skill. The father is encouraging and the son eager, but O'Malley (Bud) also cannily uses two spectating snails to plumb the fears that nag every novice. "He's way too little to fly," opines Fred, and after Little Buggy falls a second time, he cracks, "Stick a fork in the kid. He's done." In a stylistic departure, O'Malley uses spare penstrokes to create a layering of woodland textures; he captures Fred's cynicism with half-lidded eyes and a smirky mouth, and Little Buggy's mix of excitement and terror with bug-eyes and antennae gone awry. The cheerful cartoon style, with speech bubbles, ink drawings and flat, computerized coloration suit this light but encouraging story. Best of all, though, is the ironic turn of events. After the ladybugs depart, naysaying Fred straps on two wing-like leaves, explaining, "If the kid can do it, so can I!" Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-It's time for Little Buggy to fly. The young ladybug is anxious to learn, but he keeps falling instead. Just as he's about to give up, his dad steps in to encourage him and suggests that they "try it together." "Now relax. Take a deep breath. Stretch out your wings. Bend your knees, and 3, 2, 1-." And Little Buggy is up, dodging leaves, swerving and ducking, and finally out into the clear blue sky: "You did it! You're looking great. You're flying!" O'Malley's pen-and-ink cartoons, colored in Adobe Photoshop, are friendly and inviting, and the characters are expressive and lively. The text is composed entirely of dialogue balloons above the creatures. In addition to the two ladybugs, children will delight in the two onlooker slugs commenting in the background on the action in the story. This encouraging tale about learning new skills will ring true to young readers and will be requested again and again.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews
Little Buggy’s lesson in flying radiates with encouragement and determination. When the teeny ladybug spreads his wings for the first time, eager to soar through the sky, he quickly realizes that flying isn’t as easy as it looks. Only through trial and error and careful instruction from his parent, does Little Buggy successfully take flight—and then it’s tough to keep up with him. Two amusing snails play additional characters that comment to one another while observing Little Buggy’s efforts. O’Malley’s (You’re a Good Sport, Miss Malarkey, p. 1128, etc.) illustrations create Little Buggy’s world in pen and ink, but it’s the computerized coloring that brings that world to life. Each full-bleed, double-paged spread is lush with amazingly vivid shades of green and brown. The text is enclosed in white cartoon-like bubbles that pop out with great contrast to the rich scenery and because it’s set in large type, some readers will use it to pick out familiar words themselves. While the ladybugs’ bright red-and-orange bodies command attention, it’s the expansive landscape that’s eye-catching and memorable. Young readers will delight in this visual treat as they grasp the inspiring theme and begin to take flight themselves. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152163396
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Gulliver Books Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.89 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KEVIN O'MALLEY has illustrated more than forty books for children, including the popular Cinder Edna and the Miss Malarkey books. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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