+ 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 ofmore than fifty books for young people and adults, including JourneyBeyond the Beyond and The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches. RobertStanek's Bugville is home to many special critters, and it's whereyou'll meet Buster Bee and all his friends.
The Bugville Critters stories address all the major issues of growing up and are designed toappeal to the ever-growing interests of children three to eight yearsold. These refreshing stories combine facts about our natural world with fictional stories that instruct and entertain.
Robert Stanekwrote 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 thetales of Buster Bee, Lass Ladybug, Cat Caterpillar, Barry Beetle, andall their friends for many years. As they got older, they urged Robertto bring his stories to life for other children to enjoy, and that iswhat he set out to do in 2004. The first Bugville Critters stories werepublished 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 andmom work. He is practicing to be a Super Helper so he can help out. Helearns 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 animportant lesson about why it's important to make friends and befriendly.
#3. Have a Sleepover - Buster Bee invites SarahSilkworm over for a sleepover. Sarah and Buster are working on a schoolproject together. Sarah and Buster learn it is okay to be afraid of thedark.
#4. Visit Garden Box Farms - Buster Bee and hisfriend, Sarah Silkworm, visit Garden Box Farms. Sarah and Buster areworking on a school project about farming. At the farm they learn aboutgrowing fruits and vegetables.
#5. Go On Vacation - Buster Bee and his family go on vacation to Long Lake. Buster is unsure aboutgoing 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 valueof doing what he is told. After all the hard work, Buster's Mom has aspecial surprise for him, but there's an even bigger surprise waitingfor Buster at Bugville General Hospital.
#7. Play Their First Big Game - Buster Bee and his friends Barry Beetle, Lass Ladybug, and CatCaterpillar practice for and then play in the Little Bug LeagueTournament of Champions. Along the way, Buster learns the importance offamily 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 forgettheir manners, do things they shouldn't, and get into trouble. It is upto 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 rathergo outside and play with her friends. She is surprised when she has funand 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 sosad 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 aregoing. 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 isinvited. Well almost everyone, for you see there's a problem with theinvitations; and some certain, special bugs may not be coming to theparty.
#6. Have A Backyard Picnic - Lass and some of herfriends are practicing for the B. Havior School Annual Spelling Bee. Cat isn't part of the spelling bee team and isn't invited. Mom Ladybugcomes up with a plan to correct Lass's rude behavior and that planincludes a fantastic picnic lunch in the backyard for Lass and all herfriends.
#7. Compete in the BIG Spelling Bee - Lass andher 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 friendswork together to help her through it.
The witty narrative, withbountiful 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. Nonstopaction, 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 byParenting Magazine, Foreword Magazine, Follett Early Learning and more,and featured in Children's Writer, Children'sBookshelf, Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journaland more.
Bugville Critters stories address all the major issuesof growing up and are designed to appeal to the ever-growing interestsof children everywhere. The wonderfully crafted stories are paired withenergetic illustrations of a colorful cast of critters and playfulscenes.