Feel Free to Bug Me! I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd
I LOVE ALL BUGS...BIG BUGS AND SMALL
I LOVE SLIMY, CRAWLY, CREEPY BUGS!
Few kids are neutral on bugs. Some love 'em and some hate 'em, and our young narrator here adores them--all kinds of bugs.
I LOVE HARD, SPIKY, SPINY BUGS AND PRETTY SHINY BUGS.
I LOVE FUZZY,SUNNY, HONEY BUGS AND FURRY, WHIRRY, SPINY BUGS.
And with the help of author and artist Emma Dodd's blythly illustrated new
I Love Bugs (Holiday House, 2010), even bugophobes can come to appreciate the variety--color, size, shape, and abilities of bugs, Dodd doesn't bother with taxonomy--insect or arachnid, they're all bugs and they're all good to our enthusiastic narrator, who enjoys the spooky aspect of some of these critters:
EIGHT-LEGGED, SCARY BUGS.
HANG-FROM-THE-CEILING, SEND-ME-SCREAMING BUGS!!
Dodd's illustrations get right down on ground level with the your bugologist as he peers close up at the objects of his affection--ants, bees, stag beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and spiders, done up in kid-friendly flat, bright illustrations that put the critter under consideration stage center. Pair this book with Denise Fleming's lively and biologically correct Beetle Bop (see my 2007 review here) for a beginning science lesson on a subject for which it is NOT difficult to come up with suitable specimens for study!