Reviews for Bug Patrol


Booklist Reviews 2013 February #2
With loud choruses of "WEE-O! WEE-O! WEE-O! WOO! Bug Mobile coming through!" Captain Bob of the Bug Patrol brings order to the insect world. Whether the task at hand is lining up rude ants engaged in a code 11 ("donut swarm"), finding safer digs for residents of the Roach Motel, or tracking down a missing baby flea, Captain Bob, who resembles a rotund lightning bug with a cap and badge, is on the case. The bright, simply drawn, high-energy cartoon illustrations portray him in his patrol car speeding from one urban locale to another until the long day is done, and then he makes his way back "home to my nest" for a final cozy scene with "the bugs that I love BEST!" Children will gleefully howl out the chorus and also come away with a new appreciation for policebug work. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Unruly ants swarm a donut. Beetles have a fender bender. Captain Bob, racing from call to call, handles emergencies and settles insect-world disturbances peacefully while teaching a few manners along the way. The repeated refrain, "Wee-o! Wee-o! Wee-o! Woo! Bug Mobile coming through!" in a well-metered text will appeal to story-hour groups, as will the colorful acrylics of googly-eyed bugs raising ruckuses.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 January #2
A bug's busy day highlights the many varied jobs of a police officer. In rollicking rhymes with spot-on rhythms, Mortensen presents her hero: "9 A.M. / Behind the wheel, / riding in / my Bug Mobile. / Coffee, cruller, / cruise control. / I'm Captain Bob, / Bug Patrol." Sound-effect balloons contain the radio messages from the dispatcher sending him to trouble spots: the ant swarm at the donut, beetle parking troubles, speeding spiders on low riders, a picket line at the Roach Motel, a lost baby flea and some crickets partying too loudly. While Capt. Bob's solutions may not completely reflect real life--the ants get lectured about rudeness and helping ants in need--they are creative: Capt. Bob gives the picketing roaches a ride to more suitable accommodations…at the landfill. Challenging vocabulary will stretch reader's knowledge while giving them the context and picture clues they need to decipher them--perpetrators, urban, picket line, dignified--though some humor is clearly meant to tickle adult readers' funny bones. Bell's acrylic-and-ink illustrations nicely echo the tongue-in-cheek tone of the text. Her bugs wear clothes, drive cars and have fully expressive faces--the bad-boy natures of those speeding spiders are easy to discern. The speckled texture in her artwork lends itself nicely to all the scenes, whether urban street, bright green grass or fur on the back of a dog. A fun spoof. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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