Rating: 5 stars
This book is one, big, deliciously illustrated invitation for your kid to arm herself with curiosity, go outside, and search for some bugs. As long as she doesn't get too close to a stinging type of bug, what's not to love about that?!
From first glance, I was in love with this book. Wenzel's illustrations are bright and fun and he somehow gives the cover and pages a sense of movement with all these bugs. He balances perfectly the fine line between real bugs and cartoon-like character bugs. Kids have a real sense of what the real bug looks like, but it's still cuter and more approachable than in real life. His work completely shines here.
|Some bugs click. Some bugs sing.|
Until you get to the end, that is, and then there's a flurry of words:
Stinging, biting, stinking, fighting,The final page is this, a vibrant field guide to all the bugs introduced in the book:
hopping, gliding, swimming, hiding,
building, making, hunting, taking,
bugs are oh-so-fascinating!
So kneel down close, look very hard,
and find some bugs in your backyard!
A great book for summer. Pair it with a big magnifying glass and an hour or two, and you've got yourself a nice way to spend an afternoon!