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Nasty Bugs Hardcover – March 15, 2012

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Lice and fleas and mosquitoes, oh my! This book will have you itching and scratching in no time. Sixteen rhyming and free-verse poems, each by a different author, feature as many varieties of disagreeable bugs. While each of the poems has a humorous touch, they also capture the essence of just what it is that makes the bugs so undesirable. For example, we learn that stink bugs have a gland with “a liquid, pungent and powerful enough / to empty an entire room” and that flies carry “germs, typhus, and malaria.” Brightly colored illustrations sparkle and glow in a vibrant palate reminiscent of David Kirk’s Miss Spider books. The large double-page spreads overflow with cartoon bugs that range from menacing and thuggish to cute. The final three pages have a short section of factual information about each of the bugs. Pair with Emma Dodd’s I Love Bugs! (2010) and Joyce Sidman’s Song of the Waterboatman and Other Pond Poems (2005). Grades 1-3. --Randall Enos

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"While each of the poems has a humorous touch, they also capture the essence of just what it is that makes the bugs so undesirable."--Booklist

"A squirm-inducing tribute to our blood-sucking, garbage-eating insect friends."--Publishers Weekly

"Terry's smooth, vividly colored paintings, mostly double-page spreads underlying the poems, add to the fun."--Kirkus Reviews 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica at Cracking the Cover on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Are you a fan of creepy crawly bugs? Ones that make your friends squirm? Maybe you just like admiring them from afar. "Nasty Bugs" takes readers into the worlds of 16 creepy crawlies through bright illustrations and creative poems.

Wonder why a stink bug stinks? Cynthia S. Cotton explains the reason for their odiferous smell in "Stink Bug;" Lee Bennett Hopkins makes jabs and some stinging pests in "Ode to a Dead Mosquito:" And you'll never see them coming in April Halprin Wayland's "Fire Ants."

There's nothing cuddly about the nasty bugs. Even presented in this humorous book, there none to friendly. Bold, almost Pixar-esque illustrations give readers a close-up look at maggots, flies and lice.

"Nasty Bugs" is a fun, fast-moving book of poetry. Kids will enjoy the bigger-than-life illustrations and tongue-in-cheek text. Fun facts about each bug, which are found at the end of the book, are an added bonus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Noble on May 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Okay, I think his book is kind-of weird, the pictures are kind-of weird.

However my kids love it, want me to keep reading it, have favorites they want repeated, etc.

I have a 4-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son and they are both very interested in it.

I am mainly writing a review bc it was not one I thought anyone would like when my daughter picked it at the library, but now I will be looking for more similar books.
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