Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Bob Barner, Author, Chronicle Books, Author Chronicle Books $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8118-2238-1
Barner (Dem Bones) creates an enthusiastic book crawling with splashy bugs. From the eager, impatient first line--""Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! I want to see bugs!""--the book's narrative voice grabs attention, but it's the butterfly-bright multimedia artwork that makes this book soar. Using cut and torn paper, pen and ink, watercolors and a computer, Barner creates compositions that buzz with color. The ""fuzzy caterpillar with tiny feet"" has a slightly skewed smile, buggy eyes and a long red body that swirls across a lemon-yellow spread; funky amoeba-like blobs floating by echo the electric colors and irregular, concentric circles of the caterpillar's spots. A spread with ""actual size bugs"" adds a more educational note, and older kids can study the ""Bug-O-Meter,"" a chart that shows whether or not the eight featured creatures can fly, the number of legs they have, etc. Aspiring entomologists will develop a friendly, appreciative attitude toward the bugs they're most likely to encounter, and Barner's playful use of colors, shapes and words may even convert bug foes. Ages 2-6. (June)
Reviewed on: 03/29/1999
Release date: 04/01/1999
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 20 pages - 978-0-439-17208-0
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-606-39576-2
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-1-4619-0833-3
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