From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–This spare story in rhyme shows a little boy in a safari outfit armed with a camera going out to explore his house and yard. Halpern uses a bright palette and outlines the simple drawings in bold black lines. The pictures are somewhat flat, but their clarity will appeal to young readers. Scientists, however, will decry the use of the word "bugs" to include insects, arachnids, and nematodes and condemn this early taught misconception. The rhyme scheme is unclear at first and the text is lackluster. The endpapers have some interesting "bug" facts, but this trivia will appeal to an older audience. Bob Barner's Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
(Chronicle, 1999) has a much broader appeal for the same age group; the rhyme scheme is clearer, and the fantastical collage illustrations are more attractive.–Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
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PreS-Gr. 2. The collaborative team of Sturges and Halpern introduced massive movers in I Love Trains!
(2001) and I Love Trucks!
(1999). Now they present the wonders of tiny movers. A little boy in a pith helmet, with a camera slung around his neck and bugs all over his shoulders, appears on the cover to set the tone of the exploration that follows. Sturges' story-in-rhyme follows the boy as he notices bugs on the windowsill, bugs outside, daytime bugs, and fireflies at night. The endpapers are decorated with "photos" of various bugs (and one of the boy's baby sister, who "bugs" him because she loves him), each one accompanied by a fascinating fact. As the boy makes note of bug activities on one page, children can identify the bug on the opposite page or just enjoy looking at the bugs as they paddle, weave, buzz, dance, and camouflage themselves. Halpern uses large, flat plains of bright colors, close-ups, and boldly outlined shapes to make the most of her tiny subjects and their young investigator. Engaging as well as informative. Connie FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved