cover image The Little Squeegy Bug

The Little Squeegy Bug

Bill Martin, Jr.. Winslowhouse International, $16.95 (40pp) ISBN 978-1-890817-90-9

Bill Martin Jr. pairs up with Michael Sampson to create a sparkling, shorter version of Martin's first book, The Little Squeegy Bug, a warm story about identity and belonging, published 51 years ago. Newcomer Patrick Corrigan contributes appealingly stylized, digitally prepared art in which luminous hues light up the pages. After the earnest title character meets a brazen bumblebee, he longs for similar silver wings and a stinger in his tail. But a wise spider bequeaths him with his own identity as a firefly. Inventively designed, the volume features type of various sizes, often mimicking the movement of the likable bug. (Sept.)