"A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek entree to the entomological world." — Publishers Weekly
In this rousing read-aloud from the creators of Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp, all of insect land is abuzz with news of a big contest! The demure Damselfly Dilly — "neither clever nor frilly" — has no thoughts of winning, but she's curious to see who will. Lively verse mixes fun, fancy, and fascinating fact, while exuberant artwork virtually flies off the page.
|Product dimensions:||9.88(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.15(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Carol Diggory Shields thinks "insects are awesome! As I studied insects for THE BUGLIEST BUG, I realized that every invention people have come up with, from catapults to jet propulsion, had already been invented and used by bugs for millions of years. And that is why to be ‘bugly’ is the ultimate compliment." Carol Diggory Shields is a children’s librarian and lives in northern California with her family.
Scott Nash is the illustrator of many children's books, including OH, TUCKER! by Steven Kroll and MARTIAN ROCK and SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE DINOSAUR STOMP by Carol Diggory Shields. He lives with his wife on an island off the coast of Maine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Favorite Book:In The Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields, a damselfly named Dilly rounds up all kinds of bugs to enter a contest to see who will be the bugliest bug of them all! This book is made for grades k-3 and is very reader-friendly. The story is written in verse and contains end rhyme. The narrator describes the different kinds of bugs that are entering the contest. Shields writes, "from tiny no-see-ums to fat termite queens. / Some had great pincers, some had proud horns, / Some looked like branches, or flowers, or thorns." As all the bugs arrive, they realized that they have been tricked and the judges are not quite who they seem to be. I loved this book because while entertaining, it allowed for the audience to get a feel for what does (or in the judges case) does not constitute as an insect or bug. The accuracy of the science content was correct as well. When categorizing bugs/insects there are a general set of crtieria that we use. This is displayed in Shield's story and is a great way to introduce these criteria. This book would also go great within a science lesson. As a pre-service teacher I would engage the class by reading the book and then do some activities and practice with categorizing seeming insects into a bug or no bug category. Overall a great book and one of my favorites!
Why would all manner of bugs hold a talent contest? Why, to see which would be voted the 'bugliest bug,' of course. In Carol Diggory Shields' charming tale, children will hear about click beetles clacking, crickets singing, and ladybugs doing a tumbling routine. Children will love the way each bug shows off doing what it does best. Even a plain little bug, young Damselfly Dilly, participates - and hers proves to be the most important role of all. Because what none of the other bugs notices is that the contest judges are spiders - who invented the contest merely as a way of getting a good night's supper. When Dilly points out that the judges are frauds, the bugs band together. Each bug, the quick-thinking Dilly declares, must do what it does best. And so the 'mantises prayed,' the 'army ants marched,' and 'bombardier beetles took to the skies.' When the malodorous stink bugs join the fray, it will come as no surprise to readers as to who wins the day - and who consequently wins the Bugliest Bug title. The tale is charmingly told in verse form, with bold and inventive illustrations. Written by a children's librarian and illustrated by an artist who lives on Bug Island (true!), The Bugliest Bug is sure to captivate young children. Those who enjoy this book might also enjoy another picture book entitled, Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee - A Bee's Bit of Wisdom, another lively and 'buggy' tale which also promotes the importantance of individual strengths. The Bugliest Bug and Ruby Lee are valuable tools for teaching children to believe in and to use their unique abilities to accomplish great things.
My 3 1/2 year old daughter loves to hear the story over and over again. I also decided to read the book to a kindergarten classroom where I am studying to become a teacher. Not only did the kids love the book, they also wanted to hear it over and over! I would recommend this book to everyone.
This book shows children how even the smallest [bug] can make a difference by being him or herself. My family saw and heard Scott Nash, the illustrator, read this book on the Ellipse at the White House Easter Egg Roll. He was delightful!! Really friendly to the kids and drawing pictures on the fly (no pun intended!)on a big white pad of paper. We bought the book as soon as we got home. Children and grownups alike will love this book.