Some Bugs

by Angela Diterlizzi (Author) Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)

Some Bugs
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi!

Grab your magnifying glass!
Find your field guide!
And come hop, hide, swim, and glide
through this buggy backyard world!

Featuring insects including butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have insect enthusiasts of all ages bugging out with excitement!
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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

"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.)

Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

School Library Journal

PreS-K--Visually detailed, this solid offering offers brief descriptions of a variety of bugs. Mixed-media illustrations emphasize textures and patterns as the insects creep, inch, and flutter along each page. Various perspectives place the bugs as the dominant focus on the scene as they invade each spread. The crisp, rhyming text perfectly suits this fast-paced read-aloud. "Some bugs STING./Some bugs BITE./Some bugs STINK./And some bugs FIGHT!" The simple sentences emphasize the action and appearance of these creepy crawlies. Bold capitalized words highlight each specific sound and action. The bugs are viewed in a variety of outdoor settings, against a backdrop of striking leaves, thick branches, and on top of bubbling water. A dramatic final spread encourages young naturalists to explore the great outdoors. "So kneel/down close, /LOOK/very hard, /and find/SOME BUGS/in your backyard!" Colorful endpapers provide labeled drawings of dozens of bugs. DiTerlizzi demonstrates that it is a bug's world after all, and what a beautiful world indeed.--Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Angela Diterlizzi
Angela DiTerlizzi is the author of award-winning, charming, and inspiring picture books, including the USA Today bestselling The Magical Yet, A Very Cranky Book, Some Bugs, Just Add Glitter, and many others. She and her husband, bestselling author-illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, live with their daughter and two rescue dogs in Amherst, Massachusetts. She invites you to visit her online at angeladiterlizzi.com.

Lorena Alvarez Gómez is the illustrator of the USA Today bestselling The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi, The City Tree by Shira Boss, The Noon Balloon by Margaret Wise Brown, Marsha Is Magnetic by Beth Ferry, and the Carmen books by Anika Denise, among others. She lives in Bogotá, Colombia, and invites you to visit her online at lorenaalvarez.com.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781442458802
Lexile Measure
200
Guided Reading Level
G
Publisher
Beach Lane Books
Publication date
March 20, 2014
Series
-
BISAC categories
JUV002140 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, etc.
Library of Congress categories
Insects
Stories in rhyme
North Carolina Children's Book Award
Nominee 2016 - 2016
Keystone to Reading Book Award
Nominee 2016 - 2016
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2015 - 2015
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Recommended 2015 - 2015

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