Snug As a Bug

Snug As a Bug

by Sylvia Long, Michael Elsohn Ross
     
 

Award-winning artist Sylvia Long has teamed up with author and naturalist Michael Elsohn Ross to create a truly enchanting bedtime book. From goodnight stories to goodnight kisses, the simple, cozy text celebrates the special bedtime rituals that are so beloved by both parent and child. With its colorful butterflies, cozy caterpillars and dreamy ladybugsall in

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Award-winning artist Sylvia Long has teamed up with author and naturalist Michael Elsohn Ross to create a truly enchanting bedtime book. From goodnight stories to goodnight kisses, the simple, cozy text celebrates the special bedtime rituals that are so beloved by both parent and child. With its colorful butterflies, cozy caterpillars and dreamy ladybugsall in their cutest pajamasthis is a book that readers will want to snuggle up with again and again.

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From the Publisher
"...Young readers will relish the familiar activities as presented from a bug's-eye perspective and told in whimsical rhyming couplets." Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature
Lyrical verse and magical illustrations combine to bring only adorable in fantasy insect families to life. A colorful concord of creatures fills every page as mother and child families find comfort in each other and their bedtime rituals. The beauty and detail in every illustration will delight the very young and bring a sense of calm to their own nighttime routines. The text is also very soothing with short rhythmic sentences that soften the senses with each sleepy-time suggestion. While the text and the illustrations could each stand alone, together, they make a beautiful book perfect for sharing. 2004, Chronicle Books, Ages 3 to 5.
—Trina Heidt
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Insects, worms, and slugs curl up in roses, slumber under leaves, and doze in shells in this bedtime rhyme. While some of Ross's verses are clever ("Cuddle in a huddle/in a grove of tall trees"), others are odd or uninviting ("Snooze away softly/in a puddle of sap"). Long's watercolor illustrations of well-dressed animals are playful, but the complicated sleepwear looks out of place on creatures with antennae, multiple legs, and wings, and the white backgrounds make it seem as if the bugs are going to bed in full daylight. While the book's title and premise are droll, the realization is lackluster.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Naturalist Ross takes a fey look at the nightly going-to-bed habits of various crawly critters. Young readers will relish the familiar activities as presented from a bug's-eye perspective and told in whimsical rhyming couplets. Slugs doze and butterflies free-fall into slumber while other creatures find a remarkable array of cozy nooks to sleep in: a lush rose, discarded sock, and even a pool of sap are all offered up as a perfect place to snooze. Long's lush watercolor illustrations overflow with charmingly detailed minutiae. Each creature is slyly attired in nifty sleepwear: spider jammies have a tasty fly motif, a hibernating bee slumbers under a beehive-decorated blanket, and a slug trio's pajamas are adorned with an assortment of shells. Despite the otherworldly perspective, youngsters will connect with the homey, comforting theme permeating the pages. Bugs or no, the soothing images of little ones being tucked in by a loving-even it is a many-legged-parent is bound to have a soporific effect. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811842457
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Elsohn Ross is an author and naturalist with over 35 children's books to his credit. He lives in a Yosemite National Park Administrative Site with his wife and son. Visit Michael Elsohn Ross's website.

Sylvia Long is the illustrator of several books for children including the best sellers Ten Little Rabbits and Alejandro's Gift. Ms. Long's detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Arizona. Read more about Sylvia's illustrating process.

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