Young Roberto has a burning desire to become an architect. Even when the other termites mock his ambition, Roberto is never derailed from his dream. So, like so many career-minded youth, this mite with a mission sets off for the big, buggy city. Here, sadly, he is thwarted by his heroes, Hank Floyd Mite and Fleas Van Der Rohe. But this inspired insect decides not to wallow in his sorrows but to help out other bugs with even greater problems. Soon, a fantastic, eclectic housing development is in the works. The mysterious architect chooses to remain anonymous, but ultimately can't avoid the grateful adulation of the carpenter ants, ladybugs, and house flies he has helped.
Nina Laden's fantastic collages use old catalog and magazine images, blueprints, cork veneer, and lots more, to create buildings, cities, and buggy creatures the likes of which you've never seen. The Leaning Tower of Pisa tilts away from the Empire State Building, with Gaudi's quirky sculptural edifices looming nearby. Some of the hilarious wordplay may fly over the heads of non-architects, but the overall humorous effect--and the go-for-your-goals message--will not be lost on anyone. For more charming and artistic pun-ishment, try Laden's When Pigasso Met Mootisse. (Ages 6 to 11) --Emilie Coulter
The story is very cute, the names are clever and the illustrations are fun.
She was so shark's tale BEFORE they did it--the whole vegetarian shark twist--and somebody in hollywood should make her movie.
My wife an I both enjoy this book to and we often purchase extra copies to give as birthday gifts to other children.
This book has the most creative illustrations I've ever seen. It is so imaginative. What a delightful book.Published 5 months ago by cynandcraig
Very nice illustrations and a funny story with a good message. My kid liked it. Wish we'd bought it in paper edition.Published 7 months ago by L. A. P. Badolato
I love this book- as an architect, I do try to get kids started young. This book is wonderful. The story is entertaining and the collages are beautiful and engaging.Published 12 months ago by Kim
I love Nina Laden's books she authored and illustrates. There are no stereotypes in her books, pure connection with the readers.Published 14 months ago by Nina JochnowiTz
My first graders love this book and I can tie in several standards through activities created around the book. Great buy.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic picture book! One of Nina Laden's best books, filled with beautiful illustration, fun bits of architecture, and selfless action. A favorite read...Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
We bought two of these - one for us and one for a gift. My husband is an architect, and we bought the 2nd one for one of his co-worker's kids. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A Mom
This book was purchased as a gift for someone graduating from college - he studied architecture. He and his friends and family appreciated the story and the illustrations. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kathy Strackbein