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The Little Squeegy Bug [Kindle Edition]

Bill Martin Jr. , Michael Sampson , Patrick Corrigan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Once upon a time there was a little squeegy bug. No one knew where he came from. He wasn’t an ant. He wasn’t a cricket. And he certainly wasn’t a flea. What was he? Follow along with lovable bug that tries to discover his true identity.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bill Martin Jr. pairs up with Michael Sampson to create a sparkling, shorter version of Martin's first book, The Little Squeegy Bug, a warm story about identity and belonging, published 51 years ago. Newcomer Patrick Corrigan contributes appealingly stylized, digitally prepared art in which luminous hues light up the pages. After the earnest title character meets a brazen bumblebee, he longs for similar silver wings and a stinger in his tail. But a wise spider bequeaths him with his own identity as a firefly. Inventively designed, the volume features type of various sizes, often mimicking the movement of the likable bug.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 1-A very old-fashioned story (first self-published by Martin in 1945) gets modern yet retro treatment in this snazzy book. A nondescript squeegy bug meets Buzzer the Bumblebee and says, "I'd like to be a bumblebee and carry a stinger in my tail, too." Buzzer tells him he first has to "-climb to the sky" to get silver wings. Squeegy climbs to the top of a cattail, meets a helpful caterpillar and, when he meets Haunchy the Spider, gets his wings-and something better than a stinger for his tail. Like Munro Leaf's The Story of Ferdinand (Viking, 1936) and many other classics, this story has a definite message. It's about nonviolence, persistence, and the importance of having an identity and a purpose. But the didacticism probably won't get in the way of children's enjoyment of the somewhat rambling story, which has the tone of an impromptu bedtime tale told by a clever and loving parent. And the pictures (all produced digitally) are wonderful. Picture Daniel Kirk's "Miss Spider" a little cooler, calmer, more surreal, and you get an idea of the look. Children will be fascinated by bits of shiny-coated paper, unusual perspectives, and imaginative details (the picture in the caterpillar's house, for example, shows a proud butterfly holding a little caterpillar's hand). The publisher has set up a corresponding interactive Web site for this title. The book may not have enough originality or heart to be an essential purchase, but it will find an audience in public libraries.

Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library,

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5142 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Size the issue March 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a preschool teacher and was excited to see The Little Squeegy Bug available on Kindle. I love the book and couldn't wait to add it to my Kindle collection. Once it downloaded, I was extremely disappointed! It is way too small to see! A child in my lap still cannot appreciate all that is going on because of the size. They should be able to reformat the pages to fit Kindle like they do for a movie on tv! LOL
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical..... August 25, 2001
The little squeegy bug didn't know who or what he was. He wasn't an ant or a cricket or even a flea and he wanted to find his purpose in life. When he met Buzzer the Bumblebee, he decided he wanted to be special, just like him. But how could he find a pair of silver wings and a stinger? Buzzer tells Squeegy he'll have to touch the sky to get a beautiful pair of silver wings like his. So that's just what he tried to do. He spent three days climbing the tallest thing he knew of, a cattail, certain it must touch the sky. But on the third evening, he was caught in a terrible storm and saved from certain disaster by a very nice caterpillar, who took him in and gave him a place to sleep. The next morning, the two travel to the web at the very end of the cattail and consult with the all-knowing, Haunchy the Spider. Haunchy weaves Squeegy a beautiful pair of silver wings for his back. But there is no stinger. Instead, Haunchy reaches up and grabs the brightest star in the night sky, attaches it to Squeegy's bottom and names him Squeegy the Firefly, the Lamplighter of the Sky..... Originally published in 1946, Bill Martin Jr, Michael Sampson and Pat Corrigan have teamed up to create this new version of a timeless classic. Their gentle, magical, understated text is enhanced by their high-tech geometric illustrations and together they've authored an innovative and creative story that will mesmerize youngsters with its simple message and bright, bold, textured artwork. Perfect for kids 4-8, The Little Squeegy Bug is an uplifting treasure to read and share again and again, and pass down from one generation to the next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too small for even a 6 yr old to read! May 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Little Squeegy Bug
This was a huge disappointment. The book does not display well on a Kindle. It does not realign when you turn nor can you enlarge the font. Therefore the book is unreadable on Kindle. Although the pictures are nice, even my sharp eyed 6 yr.old granddaughter said she could not read the print. Useless!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Squeegy Bug March 30, 2000
Format:Library Binding
This was probably my favorite book when I was very has a good message and is very creative, both in writing and illustrations. I have searched endlessly for a copy and finally found one (unbelievably) at an auction. Needless to say, I was completely thrilled. I'm sorry it is out of print..would like to have copies for my grandchildren.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This does work GREAT with Kindle - just learn how! March 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I will leave my original review below but had to come back to edit it. I was home one Saturday when the Amazon Kindle Team called me because they saw my review. The really nice tech person on the phone said YES, you can make the text much larger. Just fast double tap on the text and it gets large and very readable. Tap and it goes back. I was incredibly impressed with the fact they they called ma and the solution works perfectly. They did not ask me to change or edit my review but I decided that so many people were missing out because they didn't know how to make the text bigger. It is a great story and now, really great on the Kindle. Below is the original review.

Let me be clear - the story and illustrations are terrific. This is the book that every single night my toddler asks me to read. He loves the story and has a few sentences memorized that he loves to say at the right time in the story.

The problem is with the Kindle edition. The text is so tiny the first time I wasn't even sure I could make out the words. You can't change the type size here, unlike regular Kindle books. Thankfully I almost have the story memorized but I still stumble occasionally because the words are just so darn small.

I should note that I didn't think I would like using the Kindle to read to my toddler in bed. I love the Kindle for myself but I thought I mistakenly thought that I would miss having real books for my younger son -- especially since we have possibly hundreds of books from my older son. I was wrong. Once he passed two and could resist toughing the screen the Kindle has been great. I can lay in bed and have all the books at my fingers so he can easily select what to read. When we travel I bring my Kindle for both of us and not a bag full of books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the little squeegy bug January 19, 2000
Format:Library Binding
My mother read me this book when I was 2or 3.This book is so creative. the story is about a little lightning bug that has lost his light inthe lattern thathe carries on his backside. He climbs a blade of grass to talk to the moon about giving him some light for his lattern.I will never forget this book.I cannot find it anywhere.Thanks carol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favorite! December 2, 2000
Format:Library Binding
When I found out I was pregnant I called my mom to see if she still had this book from my childhood...I HAD TO HAVE IT!! It was a gift to me from my great aunt (a schoolteacher) - and I wanted to have it to read to my child. There are only a couple of books that left lasting impressions on me - this one is at the top of that list. Now I am looking for another copy as the one I have is falling apart!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend
I didn’t like this book. The pictures are beautiful but the story is not. I got it for free, though, so no loss.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute book!!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
I read this to my grand baby and he loves the little bug who had a light in his tail
Published 2 months ago by Mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
My husband grew up with this book. His grandparents read it to him whenever he'd go visit. We have the original which is actually a longer book. But this is great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandra MacKay
4.0 out of 5 stars SQUEEGY WEEGY
It's cute and it entertained the kids. A little mythologically untrue but everybody likes these little bugs. Glad we have lots of them where I live.
Published 8 months ago by DONA
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for storytelling or for parents to read aol bedtime.
Beautiful pictures accompany simple but flowing text just right for preschoolers. Helps youngsters understand that we don't have to all look alike to have value and importance.
Published 9 months ago by carol hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Simple and sweet. I particularly like the imagery used to describe the light bouncing off the water. Good use of language. About a five minute read.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
"It was fascinating and told a neat story." This was the description provided by my nine year old. A neat little book!
Published 9 months ago by Kellie K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This cute book with lovely illustrations tells the story of how a little squeegy bug becomes a firefly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Breeni Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
My grandson who will be 5 soon really enjoyed this story so much so that we have read it several times and we only bought it yesterday.
Published 9 months ago by Ivis
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