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Bug Off! A Swarm of Insect Words Library Binding – May 18, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399226400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399226403
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Cathi Hepworth, creator of the brilliant, flamboyant Antics!, strikes again with Bug Off!, a hilarious wordplay romp through the insect world. Each page features one word, such as Frisbee or Beethoven, with an accompanying offbeat illustration guaranteed to generate giggles from the younger set. The book is divided into sections: "A Real Fly-by-Night Operation" (starring bees, moths, and gnats), "Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite" (starring mites, ticks, and lice), and "The Unwelcome Houseguests" (starring roaches and ants). "Stalagmites" is illustrated with multilegged mites rising from a cave floor, "ticklish" by one tick tickling another in the Parasite Junior High cafeteria, and "descendants" by a tree--a family tree--populated with ant heads. Bug Off! is quirky, inventive, vocabulary-expanding, and dynamite! (All ages) --Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

This witty compendium, subtitled "A Swarm of Insect Words," suggests that moths, mites and bees nest in unlikely places. Readers of Hepworth's Antics! already know the buzz: the author highlights key syllables in words like "mammoth" and "license," then provides an illustration of each term. With one word and one image per page, Hepworth conveys lots of detail in her grainy colored-pencil drawings. For instance, a frowning and antennaed "Beethoven" holds a quill pen and sheet music in his fuzzy digits. To define "beefy," a black-and-yellow fellow flexes his pecs. "Signatures" depicts tiny bewigged John Hancocks with the Declaration of Independence, and "tick-tack-toe" is a variation on the game. The "roach" pages pose the biggest challenge, and Hepworth strains to include them: "encroach" depicts plump tourist-cockroaches crowding a skinny bug in an elevator, while "reproach" presents a pest locked in the stocks. Yet even these tenuous attempts offer a useful vocabulary lesson. Hepworth's six-legged "descendants" and "behemoths" take the sting out of spelling bees, and her imaginative approach may well press readers to invent their own dynamite terminology. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on July 26, 2002
Format: Library Binding
Cathi Hepworth's "Bug Off!" is just plain good fun for all insect-loving kids. Hepworth manages to find insect names within other words and does illustrations to accompany these--for instance, she finds GNAT in "staGNATe" and shows a wee gnat lazily taking a nap in a swamp. She shows a wee child MOTH being "sMOTHered" with kisses and gives us a hilarious illustration of a group of colorfully-dressed LICE posing for the photo on their drivers' LICEnse.
It takes only a few minutes to look through this book, but it will really get you--and your kids--thinking and looking for other insect names within other words. Lots of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nanci on March 1, 2003
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What a fun book!! Cathi has used her fabulous illustrating talent to create a book of words. Not just words, but insects. Now, what do kids like more than school and tests? Insects, especially nasty things like insects. A wonderful way to trick kids into learning language, by letting them have fun too.
Am I a teacher? No. Do I have children? No. Do I love this book? Yes!! I ordered it and have thouroughly enjoyed it. Not just for kids, parents and teachers, but for anyone who loves words and great illustrations.
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By A Customer on June 16, 2003
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I just found this book and I think it's amazing. Being a teacher, I know that it is hard to teach kids how to "chunk" words. That is...break it into smaller words. This book is awesome at demonstrating that strategy! Besides the instructional value, it's also just plain fun!
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