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Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—It's a simple life for Hank the pill bug: he awakens from under his home beneath a rock, shimmies through the tall grass, nibbles on leaves, plays dead to avoid a scary grasshopper, and meets new and old friends among the mushrooms and sticks. Hank's life gets much more exciting, however, when he meets a new friend, Amelia, who makes Hank her copilot as she soars over the Atlantic Ocean in her airplane! Hank climbs aboard her helmet as they zip through the yard, letting Hank see his world in a whole new way. Running, zooming, and flying through the grass, they wave to the queen of England and barely miss the Eiffel Tower! All that action makes them hungry, so they stop at a café, Le Velvet Bug, to enjoy a snack before voyaging back to America. Amelia and Hank make a daring landing back home, where they reflect on their special and imaginative adventure as new friends. Back across the sidewalk, past the grasshopper, and down the stick, Hank arrives home, where he nestles again at last. This thrilling selection is an ideal choice for storytime. Whimsical mixed-media illustrations enhance the playful appeal of the tale. This debut picture book features a strong female character of color. VERDICT A lively suburban romp that captures the essence of friendship and play, with text and thoughtful details that are interspersed evenly enough to hold the attention of younger readers.—Natalie Braham, Denver Public Library
“The energy of art and text move seamlessly down to nighttime—and a young reader’s nap or bedtime. Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story.”—Kirkus Reviews starred review
"A striking aspect of the dynamic digital artwork is the shifting sense of scale, which demonstrates clearly that size is a relative concept. An eye-catching picture book with an intrepid little hero."— Booklist starred review
"Big, it seems, doesn’t need to refer to revelations, drama, or physical size; it can speak instead to the significance of having a friend who is deeply simpatico."— Publishers Weekly starred review
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But then he meets Amelia who likes to pretend she is Amelia Earhart. She puts Hank on her helmet and runs all over pretending she is going to England to meet the Queen and to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. She and Hank are hungry after their adventures and settle down at a table where Amelia drinks from her juice box and Hank nibbles on his peppermint leaf.
After a few more adventures, Amelia sets Hank down and he crawls back home, happy to sleep under his rock again after a wonderful day with his best friend Amelia.
The author used to have pill bugs - he called them potato bugs - as pets in Ohio where he lived as a boy. You will want to google pill bug. This teaches children to be kind to bugs and not step on them. A school class could read this and do a unit on bugs which are helpful in nature. The illustrations are colorful, clear and fun in this book
Written by Evan Kuhlman, illustrated by Chuck Groenink and published by Schwartz & Wade books.