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The Delicious Bug
     

The Delicious Bug

by Janet Perlman (Illustrator)
 

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On a quiet and peaceful day in the forest, beaky birds, lemurs and a tomato frog are hanging out by the pond catching, or trying to catch, their meals. Two chameleon friends, Willy and Wally, are also looking forward to their lunch when a rare thing happens. KerBLAPP! - their tongues simultaneously latch onto a passing bumblebug. Who saw the bug first? And who will

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On a quiet and peaceful day in the forest, beaky birds, lemurs and a tomato frog are hanging out by the pond catching, or trying to catch, their meals. Two chameleon friends, Willy and Wally, are also looking forward to their lunch when a rare thing happens. KerBLAPP! - their tongues simultaneously latch onto a passing bumblebug. Who saw the bug first? And who will be the first to let go?

As the two argue and fight, their actions lead to serious trouble and threaten the peace of the whole forest. But when Willy and Wally are forced to use teamwork to narrowly escape the jaws of doom, they recognize the virtues of working together. Can they agree to share the mouthwatering bug after all?

Janet Perlman's own adaptation of her award-winning animated film Dinner for Two, The Delicious Bug will encourage discussion about the many facets of cooperation and friendship and highlight the importance of peacefully resolving conflict.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
Willy and Wally, usually the politest of chameleon friends, lock horns—well, tongues—over a "bumblebug" they've both caught. As their eyes bulge and their tongues latch onto the bug, tempers flare: "Just back off, Shlobberface!" "Why don't you back off, dragonlipsh!" Ample sound effects animate the pages, as do vertical panels that run along the main spreads. Only the threat of becoming lunch for two crocodiles forces Willy and Wally to reconcile. It's a comic reminder that warring parties often end up looking foolish—and hurting innocent bystanders, too. A concluding sequence shows Willy and Wally making amends for the damage their fight has caused ("A thousand pardons," Willy apologizes to a "beaky bird," whose nest was a casualty). Perlman (The Penguin and the Pea), whose animated film is the source for this book, is more interested in drawing comedic action than she is in zoology, and the cast of cartoon characters is a combination of actual species (tomato frogs, lemurs) and invented ones (beaky birds, bumblebugs). Still, it's a helpful and lively lesson in cooperation and friendship. Ages 3—7. (Sept.)
Quill & Quire
The story is good, light fun ...
From the Publisher
Bright and appealing.

The story is good, light fun ...

The story is good, light fun ...

A fun book to share at storytime.

A fun book to share at storytime.

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
One day in the forest, chameleons Willy and Wally both put their tongues out to catch a bumblebug at the same time. "Ker Blapp!" With tongues stuck together, each claims the bug and will not let go. They argue and fight as the other creatures watch in dismay. Meanwhile, the bug escapes. Scrambling to get it, they fall towards two crocodiles that are eagerly awaiting them below with jaws wide. Clever Wally swings Willy until they fly through the air to safety. Their close call helps them realize how foolish they have been, and they are friends again. In the meantime, the bumblebug has fallen down in front of the lucky tomato frog. Instead of eating it himself, he invites Willy and Wally to share it. Peace reigns in the forest. The illustrations retain some of the sensibilities of Perlman's short animated film (1996) upon which it is based; boxed scenes run down each side of the double-page spreads filled with close-up details while the major portion of the pages describes the larger scenes. Cartoon characters interact with comic effect while added dialog in speech balloons magnifies the fun. Photoshop is used effectively to keep the action flowing. Despite the lesson of sharing, we are left to ponder the fate of the poor bumblebug dancing across the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Expert bug-hunting chameleons Willy and Wally both catch a plump bumblebug at the same time. With their tongues stuck to the winged treat, they argue in a lisp: "But I saw it first. You did noth. Did thoo!" A full-scale battle ensues, complete with "scary faces," name-calling ("Dragonlipsh! Shkunk Cabbage!"), and pulled tails. While the former friends are absorbed in their argument, the insect escapes. The squabbling pair put their differences aside when they find themselves dangling from a branch above hungry crocodiles. Based on Perlman's animated film short Dinner for Two, this book has strong visual appeal. Comical Photoshop illustrations feature sidebar panels that replay the melee between the bulging-eyed chameleons and dizzy, cotton-candy-pink bug. A fun book to share at storytime.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
A deadlock between two chameleons disrupts the forest. Chameleon pals Willy and Wally are hanging out by the pond one day when a plump bumblebug (a bumpy blob of pink with eyes and wings) flies by-"flip flup flip flup." Lickety-split, both Willy and Wally spring, and both catch the bumblebug, At first, they treat it like a joke, but, when neither will yield, they get annoyed, embarrassed and, finally, enraged. Their struggle takes them to a tree branch hanging over the pond. The full-scale fight disrupts the other animals, lets the bumblebug escape and attracts two hungry crocodiles. One or both of them will surely be eaten, unless they work together. The dialogue makes the most of the ridiculous situation; Willy and Wally, tongues both glued to the bug, lisp as they argue: "Did noth! / Did thoo!" Perlman's quirky Photoshop illustrations suit the story, providing plenty of laugh-out-loud details. The book's design, by Karen Powers, adds columns of small pictures that support the main-page action. Bright and appealing. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553379966
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Perlman lives in Montreal, and is a director of award-winning animated films. She has written and illustrated several children's books, including "Cinderella Penguin", which is based on one of her films which was nominated for an Oscar®.

Janet Perlman lives in Montreal, and is a director of award-winning animated films. She has written and illustrated several children's books, including "Cinderella Penguin", which is based on one of her films which was nominated for an Oscar®.

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