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The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy


From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a story about sibling cooperation and play featuring a member of the Bug Squad, Bumblebee Boy!
When Sam is Bumblebee Boy, he likes to fly alone, using his imagination to battle dragons, pirates, and tigers. Sam’s little brother, Owen, would like to play with him, but Owen doesn’t have a cape or a mask, and Bumblebee Boy ...

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From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a story about sibling cooperation and play featuring a member of the Bug Squad, Bumblebee Boy!
When Sam is Bumblebee Boy, he likes to fly alone, using his imagination to battle dragons, pirates, and tigers. Sam’s little brother, Owen, would like to play with him, but Owen doesn’t have a cape or a mask, and Bumblebee Boy doesn’t need his help.  But when more aliens than Bumblebee Boy can handle land on the moon, will he be able to defeat them by himself?
Through their imaginary adventures, Sam and Owen discover just how much fun a brother can be, and learn that there are times to play alone and times to play with others.


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Editorial Reviews

“A good choice for story time, Bumblebee Boy is sure to be a hit with Ladybug Girl fans, as well as the zillions of superhero wannabes out there.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
From the creators of Ladybird Girl comes superhero Bumblebee boy Sam, enriching his adventurous play with his vivid imagination. "BUM BA BUM BUMM!" But as he aims his "stinger" at an attacking pirate, he is interrupted by his little brother Owen, who wants to play with him. Preferring to play alone Sam tells him, " are not a superhero like me." With his "BUM..." introduction, Bumblebee Boy is about to capture Fire Dragon when Owen tries again to join in, only to be rejected. The superhero is off again, this time to stop the Giant Saber-Toothed Lion. And again, there is Owen, in the way. It is only when Bumblebee Boy encounters aliens on Mars that he realizes he needs help. He and Owen reach a comforting understanding. The end pages serve as display panels for isolated, seemingly cut out drawings of the characters. Ink and watercolors produce sketchy single and double-page illustrations of Sam preparing for adventure and creating his imaginary actions using his real toys. The light-hearted tale needs only a few lines of text along with the action pictures. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—"Bum Ba BUM BUMM!" Sam, aka Bumblebee Boy-featured in two of the popular "Ladybug Girl" books-now has a story all to himself…or does he? In Soman's terrific watercolor and fine-line illustrations, rife with dramatic perspectives, he is just about to defeat Greenbeard the Pirate…Fire Dragon…Giganto, the Giant Saber-Toothed Lion…when he is yanked back into living-room reality by his little brother. "'I play now?'" asks the small blond boy in a star-and-comet sleepsuit, "'…I am soup hero too!'" Even children who are sibling-free will get the message and the fun in this engaging tale about brothers, imagination, frustration, and cozy compromise.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews

Bumblebee Boy is back in his own adventure in this imaginative romp through the sometimes complex world of big-brotherhood.

In his striped shirt and purple mask and cape, Sam, a.k.a. Bumblebee Boy, fights his evil enemies. But his crime fighting is constantly interrupted by his little brother, who wants to play, too. Torn between wanting not to be mean to Owen but still hoping to play alone, Sam puts Owen off by saying he cannot play because he is not a superhero. Undaunted, Owen returns with a cape, only to be told that is not enough to face the Fire Dragon, nor is the "mask" he has chosen quite right for taming Giganto, the Giant Saber-Toothed Lion. But regardless of Owen's attire, Bumblebee Boy sure appreciates the help of the tiny "soup hero" in cutting off the bank robbers' escape. And he actively seeks out Owen's help in defeating a bunch of aliens on the moon. But will Owen agree to play with him, or is he too much involved in his own imaginary game now? A little compromise and some brotherly love save the day in the end. Soman's artwork is a delightful foray into the realm of make-believe, nicely balancing the props that Sam is using against what he imagines them to be. And Owen's interferences are delightfully tongue-in-cheek—the tot hangs on to the fierce Fire Dragon's tale and tames Giganto with a belly rub.

Super on so many levels. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803734180
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Ladybug Girl Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 83,179
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

David Soman and Jacky Davis are the husband-and-wife creative team behind the New York Times bestselling LADYBUG GIRL books. They write the stories together and then David does the illustrations. All of the stories are based on their own children and family experiences, many of which take place right in their own backyard. Jacky Davis has worked in publishing and television. David Soman comes from a family of artists. He is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. They live in Upstate New York with their two kids.

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