Some Bugs

Angela Diterlizzi, Author, Brendan Wenzel, Illustrator
Angela DiTerlizzi, illus. by Brendan Wenzel. S&S/Beach Lane, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4424-5880-2
Reviewed on: 01/13/2014
Release date: 03/04/2014
Hardcover - 30 pages - 978-1-4711-2173-9
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“The illustrations for this book are rendered in almost everything imaginable,” reads the note on the copyright page of this marvelous encyclopedic look at backyard entomology. What specificity is lacking in this materials citations, debut artist Wenzel more than makes up for in terms of conveying his artistic delight at depicting more than 45 bugs—from the glamorous Monarch butterfly to the leaping Lubber grasshopper, from the tiny pink aphid to the give-it-a-wide-berth scorpion. Even the most squeamish or squash-happy reader will find these critters easy to love. They live in relative harmony (although the endearingly odd Hercules beetles are spoiling for a fight) and busily go about their buggy tasks in the grass, on the wing, and around the pond with bright, eager bug eyes. “Some bugs build./ Some bugs make./ Some bugs hunt./ And some bugs take!” reads DiTerlizzi’s (Say What?) jaunty verse as an ambitious armada of ants raids a picnic basket. So vivid are Wenzel’s compositions that readers will feel transported to a summer day, when the air is musical and life is literally buzzing. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Gotham Group. (Mar.)
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