I Love Bugs!
by Sturges, Philemon; Halpern, Shari (ILT)

A boy extols the various characteristics of insects, all of which he loves.

PreS-Gr. 2. The collaborative team of Sturges and Halpern introduced massive movers in I Love Trains! (2001) and I Love Trucks! (1999). Now they present the wonders of tiny movers. A little boy in a pith helmet, with a camera slung around his neck and bugs all over his shoulders, appears on the cover to set the tone of the exploration that follows. Sturges' story-in-rhyme follows the boy as he notices bugs on the windowsill, bugs outside, daytime bugs, and fireflies at night. The endpapers are decorated with "photos" of various bugs (and one of the boy's baby sister, who "bugs" him because she loves him), each one accompanied by a fascinating fact. As the boy makes note of bug activities on one page, children can identify the bug on the opposite page or just enjoy looking at the bugs as they paddle, weave, buzz, dance, and camouflage themselves. Halpern uses large, flat plains of bright colors, close-ups, and boldly outlined shapes to make the most of her tiny subjects and their young investigator. Engaging as well as informative. ((Reviewed March 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

A simple, rhyming text and large, clear illustrations will make this thoughtfully designed volume a popular choice for preschool and early-elementary classrooms studying insects. The storyline follows a little boy and his cat on a trip outside as they search for bugs to photograph or sketch. The text touches on methods of movement, habitat, behavior and camouflage, as well as naming several different kinds of insects. The last bugs shown are ladybugs, and-dressed in a ladybug costume-the boy's baby sister provides the punch line. The endpapers show the boy's photos and sketches mounted on notebook pages with additional information printed below each one. The volume's large size and Halpern's bold illustrations with thick black outlines and simple designs make this an excellent choice for reading to a school-age group, but younger preschoolers will also enjoy this as an introduction to the world of insects. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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