Mosquito

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A pesky mosquito gets his due. Mosquito is a nuisance to all the animals as he buzzes about the forest. With fun word play, including rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia, each critter expresses its annoyance with him. Finally, Mosquito bothers the wrong neighbor, who ends the insect's career as resident pest. A list of mosquito facts appears at the end of this humorous children's story.

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Overview

A pesky mosquito gets his due. Mosquito is a nuisance to all the animals as he buzzes about the forest. With fun word play, including rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia, each critter expresses its annoyance with him. Finally, Mosquito bothers the wrong neighbor, who ends the insect's career as resident pest. A list of mosquito facts appears at the end of this humorous children's story.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Almost as annoying at the eponymous insect, this pointless picture book seems unlikely to find an appreciative audience.

Prolific author Kroll rolls out rhymed verses in an abab pattern.The first and third lines are the same: " 'Buzz,' said Mosquito."The second and fourth feature inexplicably old-fashioned language as each animal that Mosquito approaches responds. The verbs Kroll chooses suit the animals well.Bear growls, Hare thumps, Dog barks, Drake quacks. But the words and phrases they use won't resonate with young listeners."Gee whiz!" "Dagnabbit!" "Fiddlesticks!" "Alack!" Alack? After what feels like an interminable series of encounters, including animals both wild and domestic as well as a little girl, the mosquito meets an unfortunate end at the hands—or rather in the mouth—of a bat. The uninspired text gets no help from the bland illustrations. The animals are represented realistically, though they are occasionally awkwardly drawn, but the mosquito is overlarge and oddly anthropomorphized. And in contrast to the strong, active verbs, overall the paintings are decidedly static. A final page featuring facts about mosquitoes seems aimed at a considerably older audience; it feels tacked on and not particularly useful.

Better books about bugs or by this author are plentiful, so skip this one with a clear conscience. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589808836
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,126,858
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Kroll is a prolific writer, with over sixty books published since 1992. A full-time author and speaker as well as a writing instructor with the Institute of Children's Literature, she writes on topics ranging from African folktales to universal themes such as siblings and heroes. She has received a long list of awards, including the 1998 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for a parenting book, the Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year in 2004, and the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council 2004 Children's Choice Award.

BETSY LePLATT is a freelance designer and illustrator. She has worked for an advertising agency, corporate art department, and product design department. Her former clients include General Mills and Anagram International.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    A very fun book about a very annoying pest

    How many ways can you tell an annoying, disruptive, pesky mosquito to go away? Apparently, there are quite a few ways, many of which the animals in Mosquito use to get rid of the irritating bug. Mosquito begins by buzzing Moose who tells the pest to "Vamoose!" Instead of getting the hint, Mosquito just moves on to buzz another forest animal. One after the other tells the mosquito to stop bothering them and the insect just doesn't get the hint. He simply moves on to another and another and another: "Buzz," said Mosquito./"Bah, Bah!" bawled Lamb./"Buzz," said Mosquito./"Now scram!" bleated Ram. Will Mosquito ever stop bothering the animals of the forest? Well, he just might when he meets up with Bat because bats like to eat mosquitoes! Beautifully illustrated with bright watercolors, the author and illustrator have done a wonderful job of capturing the life of an annoying mosquito. The text is fairly brief, making this book ideal for very young readers/those with short attention spans. While the mosquito meets with a quick end, as the bat "gulp, gulp" enjoys a meal, children will learn much about this pest. There is also a page of "Mosquito Facts," at the back of the book, explaining why a mosquito bites, how you can prevent getting bitten, and how bats catch mosquitoes. Quill says: A very fun book about a very annoying pest.

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