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Friday, February 01, 2013

Creepy-Crawly Cop: Bug Patrol by Denise Dowling Mortensen


4:53 "EMERGENCY!
REPORT OF MOTHER LOSING FLEA.

"DOGGIE SHOOK
A BIT TOO HARD.
LITTLE FLEA
LOST IN YARD!"

Wee-o! WEE-0! WEE-0! WOOO!


BUG MOBILE COMING THROUGH!

This is the city. Officer Bob is on the job!

Behind the wheel of his cruiser, Officer Bob begins his shift writing a citation to a gang of urban ants swarming in a crude donut-kidnaping caper. When those ant antics are calmed, it’s on to the mall, where hot-rodding beetles are using the parking lot for drag racing, bending fenders right and left.

Tempers cooled and the rowdy drivers cited, Officer Bob scarcely has a moment before breaking up some rough-riding motorcyclist spiders. And then comes the call....
3:25.

“Sidewalk swell,
Picket line.
At Roach Hotel.


Wee-O! WEE-0! WEE-0! WOO!

It’s an OCCUPY ROACH HOTEL in progress as the roaches demonstrate against unsafe living conditions. “Unsafe for My Babies” proclaims one picket sign, as the roach parents protest outside the offending establishment. Officer Bob steps in, judiciously arranging for the relocation of the creepy crawlers’ families to the Paradise Landfill.

Our six-legged cop hopes to finish his shift with an Amber Alert search for the missing flea-babe in the grass, but no sooner is the flea family’s unit  reunited than it’s off to answer a call complaining of partying crickets disturbing the evening peace!
”They just want to
chirp and leap.
Neighbors want
a good-night’s sleep!

There are a million stories in the city for Officer Bob Bug, in Denise Dowling Mortensen’s latest picture book, Bug Patrol (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). Illustrator Cece Bell’s childlike blackline drawings of lawbreaking creepy-crawling citizens of Bug City are artfully laid out with Mortensen’s perky quatrains, with their repeated refrain of WEE-Os and ”Officer Bob coming throughs” to encourage listener participation..

For those annual early childhood “community helpers” units, (as well as beginning reader fare) pair this one with Michelle Meadows’ Traffic Pups (see my review here) for first responder fun.

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2 Comments:

  • Hi GTC-
    Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed. I'll be sure to repost!
    All the best,
    Denise

    By Blogger Denise Mortensen, at 12:56 AM  

  • Hey, Denise,

    So glad you liked my review. Good text and illustrations made that one easy to do!

    Looking forward to more from you.

    By Blogger GTC, at 12:10 PM  

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