Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi!
Grab your magnifying glass!
Find your field guide!
And come hop, hide, swim, and glide
through this buggy backyard world!
Featuring insects including butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have insect enthusiasts of all ages bugging out with excitement!
- Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Using deftly crafted terse verse, DiTerlizzi takes us out into the yard to meet some bugs. Across each double page different bugs are doing their thing. “Some bugs sting. Some bugs bite. Some bugs stink. And some bugs FIGHT!” So we observe the different bugs flutter, crawl, hop, glide, swim, or hide; build, make, hunt, or TAKE. Finally, readers are encouraged to go outside, “LOOK very hard, and find SOME BUGS in your backyard!” On the final pages, our curiosity as to the identity of the bugs we have seen in action is satisfied as each is identified. Then it’s time to go back into the book and find them. The striking, colorful, and decorative clear representations across the pages appear to be paper collage. The forms of both bugs and scenery around them are simplified and stylized, but easily identified. A ladybug appears as observer all along the way. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Visually detailed, this solid offering offers brief descriptions of a variety of bugs. Mixed-media illustrations emphasize textures and patterns as the insects creep, inch, and flutter along each page. Various perspectives place the bugs as the dominant focus on the scene as they invade each spread. The crisp, rhyming text perfectly suits this fast-paced read-aloud. "Some bugs STING./Some bugs BITE./Some bugs STINK./And some bugs FIGHT!" The simple sentences emphasize the action and appearance of these creepy crawlies. Bold capitalized words highlight each specific sound and action. The bugs are viewed in a variety of outdoor settings, against a backdrop of striking leaves, thick branches, and on top of bubbling water. A dramatic final spread encourages young naturalists to explore the great outdoors. "So kneel/down close,/LOOK/very hard,/and find/SOME BUGS/in your backyard!" Colorful endpapers provide labeled drawings of dozens of bugs. DiTerlizzi demonstrates that it is a bug's world after all, and what a beautiful world indeed.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
“The illustrations for this book are rendered in almost everything imaginable,” reads the note on the copyright page of this marvelous encyclopedic look at backyard entomology. What specificity is lacking in this materials citations, debut artist Wenzel more than makes up for in terms of conveying his artistic delight at depicting more than 45 bugs—from the glamorous Monarch butterfly to the leaping Lubber grasshopper, from the tiny pink aphid to the give-it-a-wide-berth scorpion. Even the most squeamish or squash-happy reader will find these critters easy to love. They live in relative harmony (although the endearingly odd Hercules beetles are spoiling for a fight) and busily go about their buggy tasks in the grass, on the wing, and around the pond with bright, eager bug eyes. “Some bugs build./ Some bugs make./ Some bugs hunt./ And some bugs take!” reads DiTerlizzi’s (Say What?) jaunty verse as an ambitious armada of ants raids a picnic basket. So vivid are Wenzel’s compositions that readers will feel transported to a summer day, when the air is musical and life is literally buzzing. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Gotham Group. (Mar.)
A picture book that capers with joy in the buggy natural world. With minimal words cajoled into loose rhyme—they have just enough structure to hold their own within the sprawling illustrations—each page of this ebullient book introduces a different bug's proclivity ("Some bugs STING. Some bugs BITE") while a small ladybug saunters past, serving as a cohesive visual element. ("Bug" is loosely construed to include many insects and arachnids.) The mixed-media illustrations play with form and white space, while the artistic-license black-and-white eyes of all the bugs cleverly draw readers' gazes toward them, encouraging close examination. The second-to-final spread—a long shot—reveals to readers that the earlier illustrations in the book are actually close-ups of a single backyard. This visual surprise encourages the friendly accessibility of readers' own backyards as habitats to explore. Only one jarring note disturbs the joyful tone of this book, and that is the indirect permission it gives to readers to capture these critters. As there is no textual exhortation to take care and let the creatures go after examining them, adults will need to underscore this independently. Deceptively simple, with innovative illustrations and a catchy narrative, this book adeptly supplies information, a sense of accessibility, close looking and joie de vivre. (Picture book. 2-5)
Angela DiTerlizzi is a mom, wife, and author who loves writing books for children. She and her husband, bestselling author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, reside with their daughter in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Jupiter, Florida.
Brendan Wenzel’s illustrations often explore the natural world and our relationship to it, and he made his picture book debut with Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.