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Buglette, the Messy Sleeper Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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Review, Booklist Magazine, April 15, 2011:
"Many children will recognize their own nightmares in images of the huge, scary crow, monstrous in the dark night, and they will savor the little bug's final, victorious standoff."
About the Author
BETHANIE DEENEY MURGUIA graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rochester, where she studied psychology and fine art. She received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. While in New York, she was an art director for Hearst Magazines. Bethanie lives in Sausalito, California, with her husband and two little buglettes of her own. This is her first picture book.
Top customer reviews
Buglette has had a permanent place on my son's shelf since before he was born and we were stocking up on books that looked fun and creative for children, but also enjoyable for adults to read repetitively. Buglette delivers! My son is 3 now, and his love for this book has only grown as his creative side has matured, and he can imagine himself in the position of Buglette, coping with being overly active and messy, and battling a crow with ingenuity.
The art is wonderful -- colorful, cute, and whimsical. The story is creative and fun, enjoyable for all. Highly recommended. I only recently discovered that Bethanie Murguia has other books when we found her section in the library. We've read a few, and they are similarly great. We are looking forward to the others.
Thank you for Buglette!
Buglette is a charming little bug with both a serious and an imaginative side to her personality. During the day she does her chores and keeps everything spic and span. At night, although her bed is prepared for proper sleeping, she tosses and turns as she acts out the marvelous things she dreams about.
One night, Buglette's siblings, Red and Spot, create a shelter within which they hope she can sleep without disturbance. Whoa, that never happens, though, instead...Buglette tosses and turns throwing her acorn shelter off her body and sending it down through the leaves where it bounces off her sibling's head. His cry wakes the crow and their enemy arrives, about to eat Spot. Buglette saves the day by gathering the courage she exhibits in her dreams and floating down to the crow, with the help of a blanket. She throws the blanket over the crow, temporarily blinding him. He becomes frightened, disoriented and flies away, never to return to scare them again.
Buglette saved the day. Her dreams were not so bad, after all, for they taught her courage and skills she wouldn't have even dreamed of had she slept a bit more peacefully. No one ever complained about the disturbances her dreams caused, ever again. She was now the hero instead of the pain in the neck!
The author has done a masterful job with the illustrations. They are vibrant and enticing, making the reader love the little bug family. The colors are warm and purples are used freely. Purple is the color of dreams so it is apt and children will identify with it. Purple is the color of fantasy and imagination. If there is a little girl that does not love the color purple, I have not come across her! The texture of the paper and the size of the book makes it easy to handle and a pleasure to read. In a short story of simple words and expressions coupled with wonderful drawings, the author has created a magical world for a child to enter and learn about how to face fear, march to the beat of their own drummer and develop courage, as well. I absolutely loved this book and will have great pleasure reading it to my two latest twin granddaughters when they are a bit older!
Terribly cute bugs in this story.
"Buglett had dreams.
And in the morning...
Buglett woke to a most untidy bed. Mama Bug shook her head and said, `Why can't you be more like Spot and Red? Such neat little sleepers.'
`But Mama, I was building the tallest mountain ever!' said Buglette."