Some Bugs, or, Learning to Love Creepy Crawlies

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Some bugs sting.

Some bugs bite.

Some bugs stink.

And some bugs fight!

Some bugs flutter.

Some bugs crawl.

Some bugs curl up in a ball.

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel

I’ll be honest – I’ve never been all that fond of bugs. Anything creepy and/or crawly that crosses my path is likely to make me shriek and jump. Suffice it to say, I’m not the insect world’s biggest fan. Still, Angela DiTerlizzi’s sweet rhyming text and Brendan Wenzel’s incredibly fun, brilliantly-coloured collage illustrations might just have me reconsidering my approach.

Some Bugs is a wonderful introduction to the some of the many thousands of bugs species that share our world. The limited text lets the vibrant illustrations take center stage, with each spread filled with joyful detail to explore and enjoy. The rhymes are smooth and natural and would make for a beautiful read-aloud, though it might be even more fun to share this one-on-one with a child so that they can pour over each colourful page.

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Now, there’s a pretty broad definition of “bug” in play here (if you’re looking to waste a few minutes while trying to figure out who’s being facetious, trying searching online for a definition of “bug” – who knew the etymology of entomology could get people so fired up?), and the text includes such arachnids as spiders and scorpions, which aren’t actually insects. Still, unless you’re a bug purist (again, it’s a thing, who knew?), it’s really a case of the more the merrier!

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Even kids who are normally afraid of insects will likely be drawn in by Wenzel’s images, with their giant googly eyes and smiles on the little buggy faces. It’s not necessarily the most realistic interpretation, but it is incredibly endearing, and it’s sure to bring a smile to readers’ faces too.

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Fun and friendly, this ode to creepy crawlies is a delightful read for budding entomologists and insect-phobes alike, and his highly recommended. Now if only all spiders were this adorable…