Perfect Picture Book Friday – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Happy Friday, All!

So!  I think we had some success with the google form last week.  Do you?  I mean, there were a few kinks, but once I got the size adjusted and such like, it seemed like it worked pretty well.  Yes? No? Maybe so?  What are your thoughts?

I like this model because I can see how easy it would be to archive Perfect Picture Books into the Google Form right from the list here each week – it would be sort of self-managing.  The only part I have to figure out is how to add the themes in an efficient and easily navigable way.  But all the rest will load directly into the form and can be easily viewed by week and searched by book title, author, illustrator, key word, etc… (and eventually theme.)  It sounds too good to be true!  We shall see 🙂

Anyhoo, onto today’s Perfect Picture Book!  As you can probably tell from my recent posts, I have spring on the brain, and what says warm weather like bugs? 🙂

Title: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Written & Illuatrated By: Bob Barner

Chronicle Books, 1999, Non-Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 2-6

Themes/Topics: Bugs

Opening: “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!  I want to see bugs!  Butterflies that flutter in the sky.  Spotted ladybugs that go creeping by.”  (This is actually the first three spreads.)

Brief Synopsis: Simple facts about familiar bugs in a rhyme.

Links To Resources:  One back page of the book includes a display of actual-sized bugs so young readers can see how big they are in real life and how they compare with each other.  Another back page compares facts about all the insects mentioned in the book: can it fly, where does it live, etc.  Here are a few activities, and here are a bunch of coloring pages.

Why I Like This Book: This book is delightfully simple.  Easy enough for youngest readers to enjoy, but with enough information in the back to interest slightly older children.  The pictures are bright, colorful, and engaging and do a great job of making bugs look friendly and non-threatening.  I’m not really much of a bug person, but I find this book very appealing 🙂  This is also an interesting example for writers to study.  The author gets across information in a fun way in only 76 words!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF peeps, please leave your picture book title and post-specific link in the google form below along with as much of the other information as you feel like putting in (nothing but title and link are required, but you will earn mucho brownie points with Yours Truly if you enter the other info because it saves me having to do it at some later time 🙂 )

NOTE:  As you can see, I’m still learning how to use google forms and spreadsheets.  I’ve made some kind of error that is causing a big blank spot at the top of the list, but all of today’s Perfect Picture Books DO appear on the list… you just have to scroll down.  Technopoop.  That’s me 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and for those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter! 🙂

(And for everyone, Happy Chocolate 🙂 )

choc bunny

24 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

  1. chattytcp says:

    Happy Friday and Happy Spring!
    Who wouldn’t be interested in learning more about bugs and all their creepy – crawlyness? Just as long as they are not creeping and crawling all over me , I’m in for the read :~). I love the idea that it is rhyming and all you need to know is written in 76 words – wowie. A Spring collection must.

  2. Patricia Tilton says:

    This is a cute book. A lot of kids really like bugs. Reminds of the current commercial running on TV right now about “show a child a big bug and they’ll be hooked forever…” or something like that. Entered my info but haven’t seen it appear yet. Hope it worked. Hope this system helps you.

  3. Sue Heavenrich says:

    I LOVE Bugs! Perfect book for spring. I’m thinking about gardening… and bugs and beans and chocolate bunnies (OK, the bunnies don’t have anything to do with gardening)

  4. viviankirkfield says:

    I should get this book as a mentor text for the rhyming bug story I wrote last year…thanks for highlighting it, Susanna. When I was a kid, I was totally fascinated with bugs…ants, fireflies, lady beetles, caterpillars…I loved watching them…and catching them…to my mother’s dismay. 😉
    Happy Spring everyone!

  5. Joanne Roberts (@BookishAmbition) says:

    I was disappointed when I tried to post my saved review and it was GONE! So I rescheduled next week’s book for today. It turned out to be ironic yet appropriate. What was one of the books I had tapped for additional reading? “Bug, Bugs, Bugs.” Alls well that ends well. Thanks.

  6. ptnozell says:

    This does look like a perfect mentor text, Susanna. And the Google form seems to be working so well. Happy Easter – may the bunny shower you with chocolate!

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