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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—In jazzy rhyming couplets, a young boy describes an unusual sight: "I was strollin' on home through the woods the other night,/When I saw something a-flashin'—it was shinin' mighty bright!/It was blinkin' and a-winkin' near the bottom of a tree,/So I scurried on over just to see what I could see." A delightful illustration shows the narrator peering in through a small door at an exuberant insect gala where imaginatively conceived bugs crowd the dance floor. Jaunty rhymes detail the event and its various attendees, including a colony of Ants who shake "…their behinds/Like they had people in their pants," a fanciful Humbug who "drummed with a stick" in each of his six hands, and a trumpet-blowing Termite who "…played a TAT-a-TAT-a-TOOT,/While the Ladybug was groovin' on her tiny little flute." Vibrant hues and frenetic energy suffuse the artwork, and the close-up images of the featured musicians are charmingly detailed. This antic tale will be fun to read aloud; just practice the pacing. Children will gleefully chime in with the onomatopoeic sounds ("Froppit! Froppit!," "Weedle? Weedle?," "Freega. Freega.") and the repeated refrain: "The Bugtown Boogie, shakin' up the woods tonight." Pair this with Joyce Maxner's Nicholas Cricket (HarperCollins, 1989) and David Kirk's Miss Spider's Tea Party (Scholastic, 1994) for a bug-themed romp.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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About the Author

Warren Hanson has been writing and illustrating children's books for the last twenty years. He's the author of Grandpa Has a Great Big Face, the author and illustrator of The Next Place, and the illustrator of the Peef books and A Cup of Christmas Tea. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Patty.



Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an illustration team with more than forty picture books in print. Their work has garnered rave reviews and won awards. Their books include My Many Colored Days, Bebop Express, I Walk at Night, New York's Bravest, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Salamander Room. They were also concept artists for Pixar's Toy Story and A Bug's Life. They live in California with their son.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060599375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060599379
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Warren Hanson is the author/illustrator of some of the nation's most beloved books. He continues that tradition with the release of his newest book, THE STEEPLE. With photographs of steeples from all across the country, taken by the author, and with a touching story about the constant voice that guides our way through life, this is a beautiful book, both in its appearance and in its message. And Warren's newest book for children is IT'S MONDAY, MRS. JOLLY BONES!, a very silly story about the days of the week and the household chores of each day.

Warren is well-known as the illustrator of Tom Hegg's classic A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA and PEEF books, as well as author and illustrator of THE NEXT PLACE, OLDER LOVE, KIKI'S HATS, PAW PRINTS IN THE STARS, TODAY'S SPECIAL, DEAR ME, and many more books that have delighted and touched both adults and children for many years.

For Kindle, Warren has published DAWN OF THE DORK, a funny mid-grade novel of getting even and growing up. Also PIANO LESSONS, a sweet and simple story of the life lessons learned from a piano teacher, including 88 "keys" for a rich and happy life. THE BOOK FARMER (A Fable for Writers) is a brief tale that describes the process of writing and publishing. THE COURAGE PRAYER has one story for Women, one for Men, one for Teen Boys and one for Teen Girls, each struggling with a tough time of life. Each story ends with a universal meditation of help and hope. And THERE'S SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT THE NEIGHBORS is a collection of funny, touching stories about life in a small community.

Warren is an artist, writer, speaker and musician. As a popular speaker for adult groups and elementary schools, Warren has spoken at reading and literacy conferences across the country, presented programs for hundreds of church groups, volunteer banquets and other gatherings, and has enlightened and delighted tens of thousands of school children.
Warren is a native of Yankton, South Dakota. He now lives and works in Houston, Texas, with his wife Becky and their dog Scout. Find out more at www.WarrenHanson.com.

Customer Reviews

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I think every child should have this book, it is a joy to read.
Sunstrk
It is fun to read and fun to hear, complete with pictures where you see some new detail every time you read.
Kelly A.
It's great fun to read and the kids love making the bug sounds and singing along with the boogie refrain.
hal96a

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Y. Harrell on September 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
My kids LOVE this book. It is both fun to read and fun to hear. The rhythm is contagious and makes the book flow to and end so quickly that you want more.
We almost end up dancing by the end of the book.
I took it to school for reading time to share with the class and they all LOVED it too.
The illustrations are beautiful eye candy that easily capture a childs attention.
EVERY parent should have this book for their child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hal96a on May 23, 2009
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Warren Hanson recently graced the school where I am media specialist with a visit and displayed his artistic and storytelling prowess. This is his latest. It's great fun to read and the kids love making the bug sounds and singing along with the boogie refrain. And the man is just as talented and sensitive as you would expect from his books. This book is checked out and on reserve ALL of the time.
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Format: Paperback
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.....and the kids love it too. It is fun to read and fun to hear, complete with pictures where you see some new detail every time you read. It is great if you get into a rhythm and play up the musical sounds....think old washboard musical instruments. Educational too...my homeschooled kids insisted on learning more about the bugs featured.

CAUTION though....right now it is listed at $50 + on Amazon. It may come down eventually, but for now, shop around. We have had our copy for a over 2 years already and I was going to buy one for my nephew on Amazon and nearly fell off the couch when I saw the price. I shopped around and got it for $5 used and only slightly more new. I know sellers try to get as much as possible, but they really should be ashamed asking so much for a children's book. It is just plain greed, and poor business at that when it is available for so much less elsewhere.
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