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The Little Squeegy Bug Paperback – September 1, 2005
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About the Author
Author Michael Sampson met Bill Martin Jr in 1977. He established a lifelong friendship with Bill, who ultimately became his mentor and colleague. By 2004, Michael had published 29 children’s books, including Swish and I Pledge Allegiance, both co-authored with Bill Martin Jr. He lives in Campbell, Texas.
Illustrator Patrick Corrigan worked for many years in advertising before illustrating The Little Squeegy Bug, his debut children’s book. He lives in Portland, Maine.
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Let me be clear - the story and illustrations are terrific. This is the book that every single night my toddler asks me to read. He loves the story and has a few sentences memorized that he loves to say at the right time in the story.
The problem is with the Kindle edition. The text is so tiny the first time I wasn't even sure I could make out the words. You can't change the type size here, unlike regular Kindle books. Thankfully I almost have the story memorized but I still stumble occasionally because the words are just so darn small.
I should note that I didn't think I would like using the Kindle to read to my toddler in bed. I love the Kindle for myself but I thought I mistakenly thought that I would miss having real books for my younger son -- especially since we have possibly hundreds of books from my older son. I was wrong. Once he passed two and could resist toughing the screen the Kindle has been great. I can lay in bed and have all the books at my fingers so he can easily select what to read. When we travel I bring my Kindle for both of us and not a bag full of books. It doesn't entirely replace the books we have but it is a great alternative that provides tremendous flexibility when necessary.
The issue I mentioned above is only for some children's books; others the text is fine. I haven't figured out a sure-fire way to tell before purchase. To be honest, I would suggest that this should be the responsibility of the Kindle Team at Amazon. If the text needs to be fixed for some books (and I am sure I don't appreciate the technological issues with that) then they need to do a realistic assessment if the resulting type for any given book is acceptable.
Again, five stars for the story and illustrations, but only two stars for the Kindle edition execution.
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The little Squeegy bug doesn't have a name or a purpose and when he meets a big bumble bee he has aspirations to become one...this sends him on a perilous journey to find wings and a stinger for his tail. He meets two new friends who help him on his journey. One of which is a spider who spins some silver wings for the Squeegy bug and takes a star from the sky and puts that on his bum and best of all he is given a name...Firefly lamplighter of the sky. :o)
The story is about a little 'squeegy' bug who wants to become a bumblebee but ends up after an adventure and with the help of his new friends becoming a firefly.
It is fantastic - says Finley (aged 4)