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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316355763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316355766
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

BUGS! David T. Greenberg, illus. by Lynn Munsinger. "Greenberg once again indulges a child's delight in yuckiness with bugs, accompanied by Munsinger's clever illustrations," said PW. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4. Nonsense rhymes celebrate an invasion of bugs and suggest myriad outlandish uses to which they might be put. Stringing fireflies to light up Christmas trees; making a butterfly bracelet, a beetle brooch, and an earwig nose ring; and using spider webs for tissues and millipedes for dental floss are some of the far-out ideas. Revolting foods ("Praying mantis pizza/Is a culinary must/With lots of extra maggots/And a daddy longlegs crust") should bring shudders of disgust to young readers who devour the repulsive. Whimsical watercolor drawings capture the gross humor.?Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

One of those books kids will want to read over and over just to see you SQUIRM!!!
H. Spring
It is quirky and is loaded with gross pictures of bugs and very strange suggestions as to what to do with them.
D. Blankenship
It is the perfect book for older kids who still love to have books read out loud to them.
P. Gould

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Gould VINE VOICE on May 11, 2007
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This is a good book. It's gross and charmingly off-beat, just as the other reviewers claim. It also rhymes and makes a good out-loud read. And it is very, very outlandishly funny.

However, we also have David T. Greenberg's book Snakes! and it is just as appealingly gross and much funnier. Plus, the rhymes work a bit better for out loud reading. If you are only getting one of his books, I'd go for Snakes!

But before you buy, a quick warning! Neither this book or the Snakes! book are for kids who take things literally or who are easily frightened. I'd only recommend them for children who really "get" puns, word plays and jokes. It is the perfect book for older kids who still love to have books read out loud to them.

P.Gould, co-author of Feeding the Kids: The Flexible, No-Battles, Healthy Eating System for the Whole Family
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Scharp on November 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is just plain gross... but ALSO, it is truly funny! I get a big kick out of the fast paced jaunty way it reads out loud, and the way it makes your skin crawl as you read it.
My son who is 2 may be a little young for it...he may even go out and eat a bug because of it. I think it was a little creepy to him at first (with the boy riding on a REALLY big black spider), but now he requests it, and enjoys the funny illustrations as well. It is not scary by any means, but more silly and gross. I recommended this book for kids ages 3+ for a creepy crawly good reading time.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SF Writer on August 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am quite surprised that no one has mentioned how mean-spirited this book truly is. Now, I'm no tree hugger or member of PETA, and I'm not simply someone who doesn't "get it" (I am a professional writer myself). But I happen to have two kids who really love bugs. They love hunting for them in our backyard, playing with them, building little "bug houses" for them, and then releasing the insects, no harm done, back into the wild. Therefore, you can imagine how disturbed they were to read a book that mentions eating live bugs for fun, frying live bugs on the BBQ grill, or pulling parts of a bug out with tweezers to make a sweater. The illustrations demonstrate this bug torture with cute-looking bug cartoons, complete with wide-open bug eyes that stare out at their torturers as if in a horror film. One particular illustration was downright sick; it showed a child stabbing a bug on his dinner plate with a fork, while the bug looked up at him and green stuff squirted out of the creature. My kids made me shut the book at this point because they were so disturbed. Yes, as previous reviewers have said, the book is totally gross and (one could argue) humorous at certain points. But overall, too mean to be fun. I'm shocked this got such good reviews. Parents, beware.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kari on October 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is really gross and disgusting. I seriously felt ill after reading it. Who wants to imagine maggots all over their food? Or lice? Or eating bugs? Or ripping bugs apart?

Besides that, I didn't really find it funny. My daughter kept asking me if it was funny because the illustrations looked like it would be. But I didn't really find anything funny in it. Absurd, yes, but not funny.

The rhythm of this book is off in some places and fine in other places. At one point, I actually turned to the back cover to see if this was an actual published book and not a self-published creation. Indeed, this author was actually published somehow. I have to wonder who read this text and decided they just had to publish it. Really? Ick.

I have a son as well who is interested in bugs and likes funny books (books that actually ARE funny, that is). But liking bugs and wanting to imagine licking, eating, pulling apart and wearing bugs is another story. Really unnecessary. This book goes beyond fun and into the disturbing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mikepmf@madbbs.com on February 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out from my local public library to read to my children, ages 6 and 3. Not only did my children find it an enjoyable book, they wanted to keep it. It has ben passed around my children's school, and has only recieved great reviews by the teachers. It is a book that will be added to the school's library.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
David Greenberg's book, Bugs!, crawls with humor and entertainment for all ages. I absolutely love it! The story in verse is original, fast paced, and definitely stimulates the imagination using more of the readers' senses than just sight. Tastebuds balk at the thought of eating a squirting bug. Ears hear the loud crunch of that first imagined bite. Noses begin to scrunch up as stinkbugs are sprinkled over a salad. Skin twitches with feelings of being crawled on. The author's style is grossly hilarious and quite clever. His ridiculous use of the bugs is sure to keep the interest of readers, even reluctant ones. Surprise and the unexpected are the usual bill of fare in this book, especially the ending. Lynn Munsinger's colorful illustrations further complement the story. Each bug is characterized with individual personalities through the various facial features and expressions. None of the bugs, even the creepier ones, appear fierce or frightening. They lean more towards harmless, lovable, and/or goofy looking. The illustrations and text are in harmony and together create a light hearted, amusing story in verse.
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