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The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Paperback – August 4, 2010
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About the Author
Lori Calabrese has a bachelor's degree in Communications from St. John's University in Queens, New York, and is a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature and a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Lori currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, two sons, and the family pets: two guinea pigs named Up and Down.
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As persuasive as Matt can be his mother allowed him to attend school to submit his bug into the Bug-A-Fair. In attempts to control his sniffles Matt exploded with a forceful sneeze flipping the lid clear off the bug jar when he arrived at school and the bug flew right into the third grade.
Matt's excitement overflows as well as his running nose and he bursts into his classroom to capture the bug once again. The obstacles he encounters with his teacher who is focused on Matt's cold bug will have you chuckling and cheering for the bugs capture. Will Matt succeed and convince his teacher that he truly captured an unusual bug for real or will he be sent home because he caught the cold bug? Find out while you read the hilarious tale of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade told in perfect rhyme.
The story revolves around a little boy Matt who wishes to become a shining star in his third grade class for finding the most unique bug. Unfortunately, the day he is to bring the bug to school he wakes up with a "bug". The day goes from bad to worse for endearing little Matt, but all in the end is just as it should be!
This is certainly an excellent story that many kids will want to read. I highly recommend it to all parents or teachers out there looking for a cute, funny and sweet story filled with colorful pictures!
Would you like to take a trip down memory lane? Do you remember being in the 3rd grade? I do not recall being in the third grade, but I remember quite well when my three children attended third grade. I will never forget the many times they scared me half to death by bringing home snakes and many other creatures. Just like Matt, they too were very much into bugs . Lori Calabrese's book "The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade" is a delightful story about Matt. Matt is determined to enter his school's Bug- A-Fair. To enter the contest he must present a bug. Lucky for Matt, he found the perfect bug, but things took a turn for the worst after Matt became ill with a cold.
After coming down with a cold, Matt had to convince his mom to let him go to school so he can submit his priceless bug to the Bug-A-Fair. His mother agreed. Matt proudly arrives to school to submit his bug, but much to his dismay, after a strong sneeze, the lid came off the bug jar and his bug flew away into the third grade class.
Will Matt be able to capture his bug in time to enter the school's contest? Or will his teacher send him home to recover from his cold? This story will warm your heart because it showcases the adventures of a young boy who wants to impress his teacher and win the attention of his fellow classmates.
Reading the story will surely bring a huge smile to your face, just like it did me, because it reminded me so much of similar adventures my three children and their friends experienced during their elementary years in school. Every elementary school should have a copy of this precious book in their school library!
Matt plans to enter the bug he pried off the grill of his dad's car in the school's Bug-a-Fair. He doesn't know what kind of bug it is, but if he can win he'll be the most popular kid in his class. When he catches a different kind of bug, a cold bug, Matt's dreams are in jeopardy. Even though his mom wants Matt to stay home from school, it's the day of the fair. He has to go. So Mom gives in and what follows is a hilarious day with a third-grader, his teacher, and a bug, umm, make that two bugs.
No, I'm not going to tell you what happens. I will say this is a great story, however, that will have young readers giggling and perhaps having a Bug-a-Fair of their own. Chet Taylor's artwork is priceless. The expressions on the characters' faces, including the bug's, add just the right touch to keep the reader turning pages.
As a former third grade teacher I can relate to the teacher's concern about spreading the cold bug. I recommend the book for children in first through third grades, along with their parents and anyone who knows little boys (or girls) who like bugs. Or even for the kids who think bugs are creepy. After reading Ms. Calabrese's story, they may decide bugs are pretty cool. A very nice debut book.