Look under a rock or in a puddle and find some bugs! A bouncy introduction to bugs for curious kids.
Author: Angela DiTerlizzi
Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel
Length: 40 pages, 1-9 words per page
Word Choice: We loved the stellar rhyme scheme and creative use of verbs describing all sorts of diverse bugs in this book. The wording is perfect for beginner readers and could be a resource for introducing verbs to kindergarteners. The most challenging part for those learning to read would be the last two pages which identify various bugs with their complex names.
Illustrations: Lively and dynamic, the full-spread mixed-media illustrations are fabulous! The bugs come alive in a humorously entertaining way.
Read-aloud-ability: Short, rhythmic sentences with perfect rhyme makes this book fun to read aloud repeatedly—which we have!
Additional thoughts: The publisher recommends this book for ages 4-8, but both my kids (1.5 and 3) loved it and asked for it again and again. I think it is a super book for little kids, not only because it is colourful and animated, but because it is in those toddler-preschool years that they discover bugs for the first time. We have taken it outside and used it in our search for bugs and my kids were thrilled to find some of the very same bugs that are pictured in the book. We are looking forward to reading this author-illustrator combo’s next book Some Pets.
Kids’ Vote: 5 Stars
Parents’ Vote: 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars