+ Parenting Magazine (2008)
+ The Children's Bookshelf (Publisher's Weekly) (2007, 2008)
+ Children's Writer (2007)
+ Foreword Magazine (2007)
+ School Library Journal (2008, 2009)
+ Library Journal (2008, 2009)
Read letters to Buster from kids all over the world at bugvillecritters.com/letters.htm
From the Inside Flap
Robert Stanek is the highly-acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people and adults, including Journey Beyond the Beyond and The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches. Robert Stanek's Bugville is home to many special critters, and it's where you'll meet Buster Bee and all his friends.
The Bugville Critters stories address all the major issues of growing up and are designed to appeal to the ever-growing interests of children three to eight years old. These refreshing stories combine facts about our natural world with fictional stories that instruct and entertain.
Robert Stanek wrote the Bugville Critters books as bedtime stories for his children. The stories address the real issues and challenges his children faced as they started school, made friends, and started to learn about the world around them. The stories provide real lessons about life, friendship, family, our world, the natural world of which we are all a part, and our environment.
Robert Stanek's children have enjoyed hearing the tales of Buster Bee, Lass Ladybug, Cat Caterpillar, Barry Beetle, and all their friends for many years. As they got older, they urged Robert to bring his stories to life for other children to enjoy, and that is what he set out to do in 2004. The first Bugville Critters stories were published in audio in 2005 and in print in 2007.
About the Books
Starring: Buster Bee, Lass Ladybug, Barry Beetle, Sarah Silkworm, & All their friends
With Special Guest Stars: Mrs. Beeswax, Earthworm Tim, Dag Dragonfly, Dr. Doopillar & Others
Bugville books starring Buster Bee include...
#1. Visit Dad and Mom at Work - Buster Bee is going to visit Bee Hive, the factory where his dad and mom work. He is practicing to be a Super Helper so he can help out. He learns the importance of hard work and also learns a lesson about eating the right foods.
#2. Go To School - Buster Bee goes to B. Havior School. He meets his new teacher, Mrs. Beeswax, and learns an important lesson about why it's important to make friends and be friendly.
#3. Have a Sleepover - Buster Bee invites Sarah Silkworm over for a sleepover. Sarah and Buster are working on a school project together. Sarah and Buster learn it is okay to be afraid of the dark.
#4. Visit Garden Box Farms - Buster Bee and his friend, Sarah Silkworm, visit Garden Box Farms. Sarah and Buster are working on a school project about farming. At the farm they learn about growing fruits and vegetables.
#5. Go On Vacation - Buster Bee and his family go on vacation to Long Lake. Buster is unsure about going away from home but learns to adjust. He meets a friend named Dag, and the two have fun at the lake.
#6. Rush to the Hospital - Buster and his family return from vacation. Buster learns the value of doing what he is told. After all the hard work, Buster's Mom has a special surprise for him, but there's an even bigger surprise waiting for Buster at Bugville General Hospital.
#7. Play Their First Big Game - Buster Bee and his friends Barry Beetle, Lass Ladybug, and Cat Caterpillar practice for and then play in the Little Bug League Tournament of Champions. Along the way, Buster learns the importance of family and the importance of being a helpful big little brother.
Bugville books starring Lass Ladybug include...
#1. Break Their Bad Habits - Bad behavior gets the best of the Bugville Critters. They forget their manners, do things they shouldn't, and get into trouble. It is up to a most unlikely bug to show them the right way to behave.
#2. Stay After School - Lass has to stay after school but she doesn't want to. She'd rather go outside and play with her friends. She is surprised when she has fun and makes a new best friend.
#3. Have A Bad Day - Lass has a bad day. Her friends don't want to play with her, and she feels so sad and lonely. Things get even worse when she encounters a stranger. But her bad day does have a bright spot-you'll see.
#4. Visit City Hall - There's a big meeting at City Hall and all the bugs in Bugville are going. While just about all the other bugs are excited, Lass is worried. Her dad is the mayor and she thinks he's going to lose his job.
#5. Have A Surprise Party - Lass and her family are having a surprise party and everyone is invited. Well almost everyone, for you see there's a problem with the invitations; and some certain, special bugs may not be coming to the party.
#6. Have A Backyard Picnic - Lass and some of her friends are practicing for the B. Havior School Annual Spelling Bee. Cat isn't part of the spelling bee team and isn't invited. Mom Ladybug comes up with a plan to correct Lass's rude behavior and that plan includes a fantastic picnic lunch in the backyard for Lass and all her friends.
#7. Compete in the BIG Spelling Bee - Lass and her friends are going to compete in the B. Havior School Annual Spelling Bee. When Lass gets a big case of stage fright, her family and friends work together to help her through it.
The witty narrative, with bountiful critter jargon, boisterous interjections, and plenty of humor, makes for a fun read-aloud, and colorful artwork captures the antics of the critters with playful perspectives and hilarious details. Nonstop action, good-natured critters, and a comical view of going to school and making friends will attract critter aficionados, older siblings, moms, and dads alike.
Bugville Critters has been recommended by Parenting Magazine, Foreword Magazine, Follett Early Learning and more, and featured in Children's Writer, Children's Bookshelf, Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal and more.
Bugville Critters stories address all the major issues of growing up and are designed to appeal to the ever-growing interests of children everywhere. The wonderfully crafted stories are paired with energetic illustrations of a colorful cast of critters and playful scenes.