The Little Squeegy Bug

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Once upon a time there was a little squeegy bug. No one knew where he came from. He wasn’t an ant. He wasn’t a cricket. And he certainly wasn’t a flea. What was he? Follow along with lovable bug that tries to discover his true identity.

A wingless little bug with no name wants to be a bumblebee and begins to search for a pair of wings.

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Once upon a time there was a little squeegy bug. No one knew where he came from. He wasn’t an ant. He wasn’t a cricket. And he certainly wasn’t a flea. What was he? Follow along with lovable bug that tries to discover his true identity.

A wingless little bug with no name wants to be a bumblebee and begins to search for a pair of wings.

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Publishers Weekly
Bill Martin Jr. pairs up with Michael Sampson to create a sparkling, shorter version of Martin's first book, The Little Squeegy Bug, a warm story about identity and belonging, published 51 years ago. Newcomer Patrick Corrigan contributes appealingly stylized, digitally prepared art in which luminous hues light up the pages. After the earnest title character meets a brazen bumblebee, he longs for similar silver wings and a stinger in his tail. But a wise spider bequeaths him with his own identity as a firefly. Inventively designed, the volume features type of various sizes, often mimicking the movement of the likable bug. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
"The authors offer a sparkling, shorter version of Martin's first book, a warm story about identity and belonging," wrote PW. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The little squeegy bug is not quite sure what or who he is. He knows he's not an ant, a flea or a cricket. He would like to become a bumblebee but Buzzer the Bumblebee has told him that he would need silver wings. Thus, he goes off to search for his wings. He meets many friends on his journey, and with the help of Haunchy the spider, he at last discovers his true identity. This charming tale was Bill Martin, Jr.'s first book, written while he served as an air force sergeant during World War II. Now, fifty-one years later, this revised version is considerably shorter, and it is freshly illustrated with colors and textures that seem to glow. The raindrops glisten, the spider webs are slightly raised and the water shimmers. All together, this makes a sensory delight for young readers. A wonderful classic to add to any home or school library. 2001, Winslow Press, $16.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A very old-fashioned story (first self-published by Martin in 1945) gets modern yet retro treatment in this snazzy book. A nondescript squeegy bug meets Buzzer the Bumblebee and says, "I'd like to be a bumblebee and carry a stinger in my tail, too." Buzzer tells him he first has to "-climb to the sky" to get silver wings. Squeegy climbs to the top of a cattail, meets a helpful caterpillar and, when he meets Haunchy the Spider, gets his wings-and something better than a stinger for his tail. Like Munro Leaf's The Story of Ferdinand (Viking, 1936) and many other classics, this story has a definite message. It's about nonviolence, persistence, and the importance of having an identity and a purpose. But the didacticism probably won't get in the way of children's enjoyment of the somewhat rambling story, which has the tone of an impromptu bedtime tale told by a clever and loving parent. And the pictures (all produced digitally) are wonderful. Picture Daniel Kirk's "Miss Spider" a little cooler, calmer, more surreal, and you get an idea of the look. Children will be fascinated by bits of shiny-coated paper, unusual perspectives, and imaginative details (the picture in the caterpillar's house, for example, shows a proud butterfly holding a little caterpillar's hand). The publisher has set up a corresponding interactive Web site for this title. The book may not have enough originality or heart to be an essential purchase, but it will find an audience in public libraries.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In the style of a pourquoi tale, the authors have crafted an explanation about how fireflies came to be. The one-of-a-kind squeegy bug knows he isn't an ant, cricket, or flea. In fact, he doesn't know what to call himself. When he meets Buzzer the Bumblebee, who has a stinger in his tail, the squeegy bug decides he would like to be a bee, too. He follows Buzzer's advice and climbs toward the sky looking for a pair of silver wings like Buzzer's. Caught in a rainstorm at the top of a cattail, he seeks help from the kindly caterpillar. The two travel to Haunchy the spider's castle of webs to ask for a pair of wings, which he shapes from threads spun on his spinning wheel. It is Haunchy who points out that the bug isn't a bumblebee and wasn't meant to have a stinger. He pulls the brightest star from the sky, hangs it on the bug's tail, and christens him Squeegy the Firefly, the Lamplighter of the Sky. Originally written when he was an Air Force Sergeant at the end of WWII, Martin's (Rock It, Sock It, Number Line, p. 1128, etc.) illustrator was his brother Bernard. In this reissue, Corrigan's illustrations are marvelously detailed, from Haunchy's elaborate turban and king's robe, to the acorn lantern of the top-hat-wearing caterpillar. Illustrations aside, it is plain that this was written before Martin really hit his stride with his perfectly cadenced rhymes. However, there will always be an audience for a new Bill Martin Jr., and this one fills the bill. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761452430
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Martin Jr.

Bill Martin Jr was an elementary-school principal, a teacher, writer, and poet. His many bestselling classics are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children and have left a legacy to generations to come. Eric Carle’s innovative books have earned him a place in the canon of classic children’s literature. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the first book he illustrated; he then went on to write and illustrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, as well as many other books for children.

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