Author: Mark Sommerset
Illustrator: Rowan Sommerset
Published by: Dreamboat Books
Ages: 0 – 12 years.
Theme: Friendship, Lonely, anxiety, believe
First Lines: Two little bugs sitting on a leaf, One on the top…. One underneath.
Synopsis: From the back of the book….. Chomp, chomp, Chew! Little Bug Blue has a wish. Little Bug Red has an appetite. Together they find out that getting what you always wanted is sometimes just the beginning.
Little Bug Blue wants so much to see what’s on the other side of the leaf, to be on the sunny side, to not be so lonely. Little Bug Red wants him to join her, but hes too afraid to make the move, so she does the only thing a Bug can do…. Chomp!
Why I like this: Once again this Choice winner partnership have done it again! Marks’ sparce, clever text hitting the soft spot, tells you so much but leaves plenty of room for the illustrations to give you the real picture. His wife, Rowan’s clever design in cut out pages, delicate illustrations in soft greens, gray and charcoal has you wanting to turn the pages if only to find out whether Little Blue Bug gets his wish. This book will delight children from the very young upward, from the first page with it’s cleverly cut out leaf, to the chomped cut out bits through the pages, as Little Red Bug eats her way through. Simplicity is the key!
Resources/Findings: There are no actual resources for accompanying this book. Other than the Website of Dreamboats ….. http://dreamboatbooks.com/reviews-twolittlebugs.php
Here is a cute song…… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ej8AldnQYw
This book has already won an award and is being showcased in Bologna at the Childrens’ Book Fair. http://dreamboatblog.squarespace.com/
Here’s something I wouldn’t do, but kids will love…. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Insect-Catching-Kit Setting up their own Bug Catcher.
This book would be great in schools, providing a source to introduce discussion on bugs. Kids love going on nature walks…. http://www.stormthecastle.com/nature-walk-ideas-and-projects.htm this provides some ideas and resources.
Amazing what you find when you start looking for resources…. This is a great website…. http://flourishonline.org/2010/02/three-fun-ideas-for-a-nature-hike-with-kids-or-grownups/
For more books with resources please visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors