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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442458801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442458802
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K—Visually detailed, this solid offering offers brief descriptions of a variety of bugs. Mixed-media illustrations emphasize textures and patterns as the insects creep, inch, and flutter along each page. Various perspectives place the bugs as the dominant focus on the scene as they invade each spread. The crisp, rhyming text perfectly suits this fast-paced read-aloud. "Some bugs STING./Some bugs BITE./Some bugs STINK./And some bugs FIGHT!" The simple sentences emphasize the action and appearance of these creepy crawlies. Bold capitalized words highlight each specific sound and action. The bugs are viewed in a variety of outdoor settings, against a backdrop of striking leaves, thick branches, and on top of bubbling water. A dramatic final spread encourages young naturalists to explore the great outdoors. "So kneel/down close,/LOOK/very hard,/and find/SOME BUGS/in your backyard!" Colorful endpapers provide labeled drawings of dozens of bugs. DiTerlizzi demonstrates that it is a bug's world after all, and what a beautiful world indeed.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

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Here’s a bright, breezy picture book spotlighting many varieties of bugs, a word used loosely here to include everything from insects to spiders to scorpions. Although the book opens with a plump cat stepping into the yard, the words and pictures focus on the many small species living there. Each turn of the page takes viewers to a small habitat, where they can observe the bugs in a flower garden, by an old log, or in a little pond. The rhyming text moves along quickly in short phrases: “Some bugs FLUTTER. / Some bugs CRAWL. / Some bugs / curl up in a / BALL.” Offering a roundup of the critters appearing in the book, the final spread shows them again, along with labels such as “STINKBUG,” “BOLL WEEVIL,” and “HUMMINGBIRD HAWK MOTH.” The collage-like mixed-media artwork offers vivid views of the yard and its inhabitants. Fine for reading aloud, this lively picture book encourages kids to look for wildlife in their own backyards. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Some Bugs is some kind of terrific! This bright, colorful ode to insects is a perfect choice for toddler story times. The text is minimal, with a smooth read aloud flow. We take a delightful tour through the insect world and learn that "Some bugs sting. Some bugs bite. Some bugs stink. And some bugs fight!" The rhyming is spot on the author manages to include quite a number of bugs. The text ends with an encouragement for youngsters to go out "and find Some Bugs in your backyard!" For the true insect lovers, the last two page spread is entitled "What's that bug?" and identifies all the bugs seen earlier in the book.

Brendan Wenzel's design and illustrations are whimsical and endearing. His big eyed bugs are incredibly cute and his scenes are full of energy and motion. My favorite spreads were of the ants dismantling a picnic and taking the food underground, and the spread featuring bugs that hide. Kids will have tons of fun finding the hidden bugs! Larger animals appear where you least expect them, seamlessly blended into the background. These well designed layouts guarantee lots of requests for repeated lap sharing as kids discover new things each time.

Some Bugs is a must have for story time and also an excellent choice for any toddler or preschoolers' personal collection. The flowing text and the big and colorful illustrations make it a natural fit for group sharing, yet it's the fun little details that guarantee kids will come back to it time and time again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CaroClimate on March 5, 2014
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Such wonderful, charming and charismatic bugs throughout this book!! The illustrations are truly incredible, with really clever mixture of medium. Charming, easy to read and wonderfully read-out-loud words, and really does make a good case for getting outside and seeking out the little things!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Wilde on April 6, 2014
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Some Bugs is a fun, quick read with a simple sing-song rhyme playing through its pages and illustrations that feel wonderfully alive. It puts little kids at eye level with all these buzzing, battling, building insects, like they're in their own backyards, on hands and knees, seeing small wonders for the first time. Everything's so bright and colorful and lively you want to pull out the pages and frame them for the walls. Already my six-month-old loves to reach for everything in the illustrations. No doubt it'll be a favorite book of hers for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lin in Florida on March 5, 2014
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This is such a great book for your little ones to read or have read aloud to them. The artwork is fun and bright and I love the great rhymes and versus about some bugs. Glad we could add this special book to our children's library. You will love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on June 6, 2014
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My granddaughter will love this bug book because it features cute, cartoon illustrations of various types of bugs (all have big eyes of course!) and it explains what bugs do...hop, glide, buzz, etc. The author doesn't try to give the names of all these little critters which is fine...I'm sure Brynn is too young to care. (They are provided at the end of the book though.) What she will know is something about how these little fellas live and that's a good start to becoming more familiar with the denizens of the insect world.

Here's a positive book about bugs that is fun to read and look at. I don't want to bug you but I think this is certainly a book worth purchasing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beecher T Smith-Stackhouse on March 16, 2014
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This book is going to be a go-to for years! I bought copies for all the new parents in my life.
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