Reviews for I Love Bugs!


Booklist Reviews 2010 March #2
This large-format picture book expresses a child's admiration for many different sorts of insects and even a spider. Childlike in its broad use of the term bugs, the text juggles sounds and rhymes skillfully. The first eight double-page spreads carry rhymed couplets, such as "I love flouncy frilly flutter bugs and silly clitter-clutter bugs" and "I love whiny-buzzy-sound bugs and glide-across-the-ground bugs." The final pages build toward the climax: "The hang-from the-ceiling bug . . . / and send-me-squealing bugs!" as a little spider casts an enormous shadow, frightening the narrator away. Varied in composition, palette, and scale, the illustrations have great vitality. Dodd often uses broad black lines to define forms against plain backgrounds, but the artwork includes a great many textures and patterns as well. The drawings of insects capture each species' essential characteristics, and the cartoon-style eyes give individual critters personality. Easy to see from a distance, this would be an excellent choice for group sharing.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Dodd's protagonist--a curly-haired tyke--loves bugs of all kinds: "the hang-from-the-ceiling bugs... / and send-me-squealing bugs!" Energetic illustrations of the child and large cast of insects make interesting use of perspective. Though the text is occasionally clunky, the book is still an engaging read-aloud. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 February #2
This young narrator loves bugs of all sorts, including several creepy-crawlies that are not bugs or even insects. The child's passion comes across in the punchy adjectives used to describe the plethora of up-close critters that festoon the pages. "I love springy jumpy leapy bugs / and slimy crawly creepy bugs." And which are the best? Why, the ones that send you screaming, of course. While scientists may decry the grouping of spiders and insects under the "bug" heading, they cannot deny the infectiousness of the child's enthusiasm. The large font and easy vocabulary make this a great choice for beginning readers. Even children who don't love bugs (or insects or spiders) should enjoy identifying the many creepy critters between the covers. Dodd once again emplys large colorful ilustrations that fill the pages and give readers a sense of being enclosed in the book right alongside the narrator. Paired with Bob Barner's classic Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (1999) or Denise Fleming's taxonomically correct Beetle Bop (2007) as a springboard for an adjective lesson or on its own, this is just plain fun. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 February #3

A small boy with curly hair and a striped T-shirt sings an extended love song to insects, arachnids, arthropods, and more ("I love springy jumpy leapy bugs and slimy crawly creepy bugs"). The boy and the insects are shown closeup, outlined in expressive black ink, their surroundings rendered as flat, graphic greenery. Googly-eyed grasshoppers cavort through grass the boy parts with his hands to reveal slugs and caterpillars crawling across the soil. When his picnic is invaded by wasps who land on his jam sandwich, the boy says he likes them, too: "I love brightly-colored wing bugs and stripy swipey sting bugs." Most are common species, and young insect fans will be able to name them. But Dodd (Dog's Colorful Day) is less interested in identification than in celebration. Well-meaning parents may offer this to a child who's ambivalent toward creepy-crawlies, and it would be a good choice; the friendly, slightly anxious looks on the faces of several bugs make it clear that they're nervous, too. But it's young enthusiasts who will like it most. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 June

PreS-Gr 1--A young child pays tribute to the critters in his backyard that creep, crawl, leap, or fly. "I love brightly-colored-wing bugs/and stripy swipey sting bugs," he declares as his picnic lunch is taken over by butterflies, yellow-jackets, and a dragonfly. The rhyming couplets describe how bugs move, how they sound, and what they look like. Delighting in the natural world, the boy is amazed and awed by the variety of creatures that can be found under logs, in hives, in the grass, and fluttering through the air. Best of all, though, are the eight-legged, hairy, scary ones that send him squealing. Large, brightly colored spreads convey an exploring child and his discoveries. Many of the creatures are larger than life and have expressive faces; most are smiling except for the fierce-looking one that sends the boy running. This lively, sound-filled selection will make your storytimes buzz.--Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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