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Bugs Galore Hardcover – March 13, 2012

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An energetic ode to insects in a style that's Dr. Seuss meets Hieronymus Bosch... The madcap cartoons create an atmosphere that feels almost interplanetary, playing up the alien nature (and the diversity) of the insect world.
—Publishers Weekly

With bouncing rhyme and illustrations that demand multiple viewings, Bugs Galore is a rollicking celebration of all things creepy-crawly. This highly successful collaboration shows how well text and artwork can add up to something more... The main action is always clear and bold, but each spread features dozens of bugs with individual details, expressions, and actions. Kids will love identifying the little creatures specified in the text and discovering other stories through the pictures.
—School Library Journal

About the Author

Peter Stein is the author of seven gift books, including Age Is Nothing, Attitude Is Everything and Fine Friends: A Little Book About You and Me. With Bob Staake, he is the co-creator of Cars Galore. He lives in Petaluma, California.

Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated more than fifty books, including Cars Galore and The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. His work has graced the cover of the New Yorker a dozen times, and his Barack Obama victory cover was named Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. Bob Staake lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763647543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763647544
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Lansing on November 21, 2012
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This is a favorite in our house for our 3-year old, bug-loving little boy. The illustrations are fun and there's so many different bugs to look at. I gave it four stars because there are 2 aspects of the book I don't care for.

* One - is the text. It's short and cute, but reading it out loud it feels very simplistic.
* Two - are the bugs themselves. Only a few look like real bugs, and the rest are made up. So the learning value is kind of low. (But I do like to make up funny names for the bugs when my son asks).

The length of the book is ideal. It's not too long, but not too short, and it makes a good before-bed book. Overall it's fun and cute, and I would recommend it for kids under 4 who like bugs. I think older than 4 might find the text too simple.
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It's Valentine's Day, so I gave my son a book: Bugs Galore. I definitely am not a fan of bugs. I will rescue any ladybug unlucky enough to end up in our house; I won't kill spiders if I know they are innocuous; and I'll even leave fire ant nests alone if there are in areas where no one walks -- they prey on termites; and if I'm outside and the bugs leave me alone, I will leave them alone, but that's pretty much is the extent of my affection for bugs. So, I wasn't really expecting to like a bug book. But I did. And more importantly, so did my four-year-old son. He called this a "beautiful bug book". The description is perfect.

We already have Cars Galore, and I really liked the writing in it. If possible, I like the writing in Bugs Galore even more. Peter Stein writes like he is reading out loud to a young child, which, of course, is the best way to write for young children. I don't know how he manages it, but his rhyming scheme and meter never feel forced or artificial. His text is so wonderfully picturesque that he just holds the door wide open for Bob Staake's illustrative wackiness to stomp right in. And it does.

Again, although I am NOT a bug person, I like the artwork in Bugs Galore even better than Cars Galore. Every page in Bugs Galore crawls with "beautiful bugs". There is a wonderful freedom in the sprawl of the crawling bugs that could not exist with cars on the road. I should point out that I am writing this review without having the book in front of me because my son took the "beautiful bug book" to his room and he won't let me have it back.
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I bought this after reading Cars Galore which our children love. Bugs Galore is cute and has the same silly rhymes but I think Cars Galore is a lot better. The rhymes in the Galore books will have your children giggling throughout storytime and they are fun for adults to read as well so they are a great addition to our kids library. If you don't have either Bugs Galore or Cars Galore I would recommend starting with Cars Galore.
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My son who is 5 months old and I love this book. There is so much to look at on every page and it's a joy to read with its play on words. It's one of the only books that my son will actually stay quiet and captivated for. I think it would be a great book for boys and girls alike. There is another book called Cars Galore by the same authors and I can't wait to order it!
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Great book, my daughter absolutely loves it. Easy and fun to read. It is her bedtime story we read to her every night, we've read so much she has memorized several parts and "reads" them to us during the day.
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By Audrea Smith on December 1, 2015
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I do really like this book. But, for some reason, I pictured it as being larger. It's a little small. But, my bad for not reading more carefully. Still a very cute book with adorable illustrations. Sure my boys will like it.
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My daughter (yes, daughter!) loved Cars Galore so I was really happy that these guys put out a sequel. It's PERFECT. Hard to describe the weird illustration style if you've never seen Bob Staake's work before---he's done lots of New Yorker magazine covers---but it's wonderful and appealing. The writing is a blast. It's very jaunty and quick, no plot, simple enough for really young kids like mine but smart enough for older ones too. For example: "Aaaah-bugs! Ewww-bugs! Crawl-on-YOU bugs! Stay away from crawl-on-POO bugs! (personal favorite). It goes on just long enough to hold a kid's interest. Mine NEVER gets bored. Great book. I love it, I recommend it.
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Great pictures. Colors are vibrant. Text is just right for little guys, even 1 year olds! Bought 2 for both grandsons. Our 5 year old gets a kick out of finding the bugs on the phone, watching TV, using umbrellas, etc.!
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