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The 12 Bugs of Christmas: A Pop-up Christmas Counting Book (David Carter's Bugs) Hardcover – October 4, 2011

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David A. Carter has bugs on the brain. Pop-up bugs, to be precise. Popular author of a series of insect-rich books, including Jingle Bugs and Bed Bugs, Carter is a masterful paper engineer. His latest holiday extravaganza takes a traditional Christmas song and turns it positively buggy. On each of the 12 days of Christmas "my true love" gives a new, festive creepy crawler--leaping, lurking, or popping right out of the box. By the fourth day, we're up to "four Snowflake Bugs, three Sneaky Bugs, two Cuckoo Bugs, and a Fruitcake Bug in a pear tree." Now if that's not true love...

Young pop-up enthusiasts will revel in the silly six-legged critters Carter creates. Decked out in antlers, tutus, and tinsel, these bugs are definitely set for the season. Unlike the once-opened gifts of Christmas, these pop-up packages bring enjoyment over and over again. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fans of Carter's Bugs in a Box series get more of what they like in this pop-up parody as a nimble troupe of nonsensical bugs upends a familiar Christmas carol. As in the previous books, each spread reveals another gaily wrapped box; inside each box is a new bug surprise, from a "fruitcake bug" grinning in a pear tree and "eight popcorn bugs a-popping." The grand finaleAa dozen "angel bugs" dangling from a full-size tabletop ornamentAis an eye-popper; aside from that feat, there's not much new here. Ages 2-5. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: David Carter's Bugs
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Pop edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442426497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442426498
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My 6 and 2 year old kids love this book and wanted to read it over and over during Christmas. The bugs are really cute and Christmas themed. There are tinsel bugs, gingerbread bugs, fruitcake bugs, yodeling Christmas tree bugs. The pop ups work smoothly.
You can even sing the book to the tune of 12 days of Christmas - if you can stand it.
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What a cute book. Fun illustrations with catchy words to an old favorite Christmas tune. Great way to reenforce counting skills. My grandchild and I throughly enjoyed singing along.
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This is the cutest book for adults and children. You must have it sung outloude. Prepare for fun.
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By A Customer on December 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book really tests the reading skills of youngsters. It is so cute and the kids just love it.
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my baby loves the bug books, but he got bored of this one by the 7th day of christmas the first time we read it. we'll see how subsequent readings go. kinda minor, but i dislike how the some of the bug names don't flow well. on the first day of christmas... "a fruitcake bug in a pear tree". just gets hard to say and doesn't really flow. then eventually they start adding 'actions'. ie - "eleven dainty bugs a dancing". just all the extra syllables kinda BUG me. ;)
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Bought this for two, one for a five year old and one for a four year old. They both love the bug series and they were both laughing with glee. It got passed around our family Christmas party and got thumbs up from all sixty two of us! It is very colorful, clever and the popups are study enough for the careful child. I will buy more to have on hand for Christmas gifts for my friend's grandchildren.
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I am a big fan of David Carter's bug pop up books. At first the concept seems a bit odd and off setting, but they really are cute bugs, and the interactive elements are quite thoughtful and inventive.
This book goes through the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but makes up new words that are related to his buggy creations. Throughout the book, you open each present (lift the flap), to see the bugs inside. Inside each package is some type of pop up element (my favorite is the one that comes complete with tinsel). Each is creative, delicate (as one reader mentioned), and attention getting.
My only reservation about this book is that the interactive elements are not as diverse as in his other Christmas book, Jingle Bugs. With this book, it is basically entirely lift the flap, whereas the other one has different types of activities throughout. However, I do like the fact that you can sing to this one (a great plus in keeping little ones interested).
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By A Customer on December 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My children never tire of hearing Mom sing "The 12 Bugs of Christmas" offkey! They ask for it year-round, but I have relegated it to "Christmas only", except on very special occasions during the year. The book is fragile, but the excitement of the pop ups is well worth the money.
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