Foreword Magazine: Author Stanek has a long list of best sellers, including technical publications and fiction for adults and teens. The bright, colorful illustrations are reminiscent of David Kirk's Little Miss Spider books and will captivate the young reader for whom the book is intended. This series, The Bugville Critters, helps children sort out real lessons about life, family and the natural world.
Follett Early Learning: A series of stories that address all major issues of growing up, and features Buster Bee and Lass Ladybug. Combines facts about the natural world with instructive and entertaining fiction.
The Audio Book Store: Robert Stanek is one of our most featured and respected Kids & Young Adults, K-12 Educators and Kids authors.
Parenting Magazine "Recommended Series"
Robert Stanek's Bugville Critters recommended by / featured in...
+ Parenting Magazine (2008)
+ The Children's Bookshelf (Publisher's Weekly) (2007, 2008)
+ Children's Writer (2007)
+ Foreword Magazine (2007)
+ School Library Journal (2008, 2009)
+ Library Journal (2008, 2009)
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Robert Stanek is the highly-acclaimed author of
more than fifty books for young people and adults, including Journey
Beyond the Beyond and The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches. Robert
Stanek's Bugville is home to many special critters, and it's where
you'll meet Buster Bee and all his friends.
The Bugville Critters
stories address all the major issues of growing up and are designed to
appeal to the ever-growing interests of children three to eight years
old. These refreshing stories combine facts about our natural world with
fictional stories that instruct and entertain.
wrote the Bugville Critters books as bedtime stories for his children.
The stories address the real issues and challenges his children faced as
they started school, made friends, and started to learn about the world
around them. The stories provide real lessons about life, friendship,
family, our world, the natural world of which we are all a part, and our
Robert Stanek's children have enjoyed hearing the
tales of Buster Bee, Lass Ladybug, Cat Caterpillar, Barry Beetle, and
all their friends for many years. As they got older, they urged Robert
to bring his stories to life for other children to enjoy, and that is
what he set out to do in 2004. The first Bugville Critters stories were
published in audio in 2005 and in print in 2007.About the Books
Starring: Buster Bee, Lass Ladybug, Barry Beetle, Sarah Silkworm, & All their friends
With Special Guest Stars: Mrs. Beeswax, Earthworm Tim, Dag Dragonfly, Dr. Doopillar & OthersBugville books starring Buster Bee include...
#1. Visit Dad and Mom at Work
- Buster Bee is going to visit Bee Hive, the factory where his dad and
mom work. He is practicing to be a Super Helper so he can help out. He
learns the importance of hard work and also learns a lesson about eating
the right foods.
#2. Go To School
- Buster Bee goes to B.
Havior School. He meets his new teacher, Mrs. Beeswax, and learns an
important lesson about why it's important to make friends and be
#3. Have a Sleepover
- Buster Bee invites Sarah
Silkworm over for a sleepover. Sarah and Buster are working on a school
project together. Sarah and Buster learn it is okay to be afraid of the
#4. Visit Garden Box Farms
- Buster Bee and his
friend, Sarah Silkworm, visit Garden Box Farms. Sarah and Buster are
working on a school project about farming. At the farm they learn about
growing fruits and vegetables.
#5. Go On Vacation
Bee and his family go on vacation to Long Lake. Buster is unsure about
going away from home but learns to adjust. He meets a friend named Dag,
and the two have fun at the lake.
#6. Rush to the Hospital
- Buster and his family return from vacation. Buster learns the value
of doing what he is told. After all the hard work, Buster's Mom has a
special surprise for him, but there's an even bigger surprise waiting
for Buster at Bugville General Hospital.
#7. Play Their First Big Game
- Buster Bee and his friends Barry Beetle, Lass Ladybug, and Cat
Caterpillar practice for and then play in the Little Bug League
Tournament of Champions. Along the way, Buster learns the importance of
family and the importance of being a helpful big little brother. Bugville books starring Lass Ladybug include...
#1. Break Their Bad Habits
- Bad behavior gets the best of the Bugville Critters. They forget
their manners, do things they shouldn't, and get into trouble. It is up
to a most unlikely bug to show them the right way to behave.
#2. Stay After School
- Lass has to stay after school but she doesn't want to. She'd rather
go outside and play with her friends. She is surprised when she has fun
and makes a new best friend.
#3. Have A Bad Day
- Lass has
a bad day. Her friends don't want to play with her, and she feels so
sad and lonely. Things get even worse when she encounters a stranger.
But her bad day does have a bright spot-you'll see.
#4. Visit City Hall
- There's a big meeting at City Hall and all the bugs in Bugville are
going. While just about all the other bugs are excited, Lass is worried.
Her dad is the mayor and she thinks he's going to lose his job.
#5. Have A Surprise Party
- Lass and her family are having a surprise party and everyone is
invited. Well almost everyone, for you see there's a problem with the
invitations; and some certain, special bugs may not be coming to the
#6. Have A Backyard Picnic
- Lass and some of her
friends are practicing for the B. Havior School Annual Spelling Bee. Cat
isn't part of the spelling bee team and isn't invited. Mom Ladybug
comes up with a plan to correct Lass's rude behavior and that plan
includes a fantastic picnic lunch in the backyard for Lass and all her
#7. Compete in the BIG Spelling Bee
- Lass and
her friends are going to compete in the B. Havior School Annual Spelling
Bee. When Lass gets a big case of stage fright, her family and friends
work together to help her through it.
The witty narrative, with
bountiful critter jargon, boisterous interjections, and plenty of humor,
makes for a fun read-aloud, and colorful artwork captures the antics of
the critters with playful perspectives and hilarious details. Nonstop
action, good-natured critters, and a comical view of going to school and
making friends will attract critter aficionados, older siblings, moms,
and dads alike.
Bugville Critters has been recommended by
Parenting Magazine, Foreword Magazine, Follett Early Learning and more,
and featured in Children's Writer, Children's
Bookshelf, Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal
Bugville Critters stories address all the major issues
of growing up and are designed to appeal to the ever-growing interests
of children everywhere. The wonderfully crafted stories are paired with
energetic illustrations of a colorful cast of critters and playful