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Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug Hardcover – June 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152058133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152058135
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bow-Wow is like Bee-Bop; you can read it quick or spend your time with it. Either way, it swings." Mo Willems, creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Mo Willems)

"Bow-Wow, with his bold lines and expressive black-olive eyes, recalls the retro simplicity of a Bazooka bubble gum comic. It's a markedly simple execution, yet the story's witty details stand up to repeat readings." Family Fun (Family Fun 2007-06-01)

"Call it a kindler, gentler Twilight Zone in which the doughty protagonist is allowed to return home to bowl and bend at the end of the day. Thoroughly inspired." Kirkus Reviews (starred) (Kirkus Reviews 2007-05-01)

* "The clever circular plot is funny, quirky, and even suspenseful, working well as a wordless picture book."--School Library Journal 7/1/07 (starred) (School Library Journal 2007-07-01)

About the Author

MARK NEWGARDEN is a cartoonist, author, screenwriter and creator of many novelties for children including the tremendously popular Garbage Pail Kids. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


MEGAN MONTAGUE CASH has illustrated for The Children's Museum of Manhattan, Nick Jr. Magazine, Eboo toys and others. She is also the author and illustrator of I Saw The Sea and the Sea Saw Me. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Buy this book as a gift for any child or kid-at-heart that you know.
Arlene J. Shaw
The art is gorgeous, and the wordless story is surprising and imaginative and the pacing is impeccable.
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I highly recommend it for anyone who has children who love picture books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Bow-Wow has a big day in store. He has breakfast to eat and...what's that?! A bug has invaded his territory.

Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug is a wordless picture book with a lot going for it. In this nearly comic book format, quite a story is told for readers to interpret as they like. Mini stories make up each page and they all combine to form the whole of Bow-Wow's day. And what an unusual day it is. You wouldn't believe what can happen if you follow a bug around your beat.

My kids positively pour over this book. They will flip a page, dissolve into giggles and call me over to see the next exploit. Bow-Wow deals with just the types of things that appeal to a child's sense of humor. And I think it's pretty funny, too.

I believe this is the type of book that will help pre-readers develop a love of books because it will get them turning pages and using their imaginations. Be aware, though, that this is not a board book. Though it will be great fun for toddlers to look through, it will require parental hands to stay intact.

I think the prime target age is 4 to 6. At least my three in that range loved it. They give it six little thumbs up.

Armchair Interviews says: These little thumbs can't be wrong!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Karasik on May 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Take one part Crockett Johnson, add one part James Thurber, and one part Buster Keaton.

Add a dash of Samuel Beckett.

Separate the words and set them aside for Sunday's crossword puzzle.

Stir in 2 1/2 cups of unique graphic brilliance.

Mix well and spread evenly on 56 pages.

Cut off crusts and serve at bedtime with a glass of milk.

Bow-Wow...WOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Raymond on January 5, 2009
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I volunteer with the Pasadena (California) Humane Society Barks and Books program, visiting local libraries where young readers join us and read to my dog. Recently when a six-year old sat down beside us, clutching a copy of "Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug, " I was surprised to find that there was not a single word on the first page, or any of the following pages. However, instead of 'reading' our visitor regaled us with a truly imaginative story as she turned each page. Soon we were both giggling, then laughing non-stop, sharing the hilarious adventures she discovered and recounted on every page.
I have my own copy now, and have recommended it to every children's librarian in the program.
A terrific way to unleash young (and old) imaginations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Burnie on June 19, 2013
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My 6 year old son has loved this book ever since he found it at the library. He still loves it. Not a word in it but it encourages children to look at the pictures and make up their own story. I had to finally get it for him and he still loves it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamic on March 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 15-mo-old wanted to borrow this book from the library. It isn't easy to read it to him because I have to create the words to tell him the story. And of course he hasn't sat through the entire book because it's such a long story. A very cute way of presenting a story though, I find. I don't think my boy actually gets it, but it's good to expose him to a story book that has pictures and no words. I think this will be a book we'll borrow through the years as my little one gets familiar with Bow-Wow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicky1979 on November 28, 2011
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My daughter recently took this book out at our local library and loved it so much that I purchased it for her. This is a really great, and funny, picture book. Every page there is something different and when you turn the page you never know what you're going to get. This book not only has great illustrations, but they're amusing as well. It's also very detailed so that the reader can create they're own story when looking at the pictures. I highly recommend it for anyone who has children who love picture books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erika K. on May 2, 2011
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I saw this book at the airport book store, and decided to flip through the pages. At first, I thought I would just check out a couple of pages, but I was sucked in, and wound up going through the entire book. I truly enjoyed the comic-style drawings and the happy story.

It's been a few days since I flipped through the book, but I'm still thinking about it. It left a lasting impression on me. I wound up sending this book through Amazon to my friend who has a child. And I kind of wished I bought one for myself too, as a coffee table book. (May be I will!)

I believe this book would be good for people of all ages, but especially children. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Smith on December 8, 2010
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As a librarian, I see hundreds of books a day.
The whimsical and charming drawings say a thousand words; words which readers have to conjure. This book is a study in observation, from noticing the dogs' broad range of emotions, to the mocking, mimicking bugs.
It is pure delight, and a stimulating conversation starter.
I'd like to own a copy for my own personal library, no lie!
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