Reviews for Bugs Galore

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
"Bugs are awesome, / oddly mild, / feared and weird, / destructive, wild, / otherworldly, / pesky, chilling, / undercover, / fun and thrilling." They're also the impetus for Stein and Staake's imagination to run wild, depicting, with an accompanying frenzied rhyme, all kinds of surreal bugs from the scary to the squishy. Breaking the pace is a quiet double-page spread showcasing fireflies, but a detour into the land of worms is distracting.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 February #1
A veritable swarm of adjectives, opposites and, ew, bugs. The author/illustrator duo behind Cars Galore (2011) turns its attention to creepy-crawly, multi-legged friends. With a jaunty lilt and playful exaggeration, the rhythmic text contains plenty of fun: "Spider creeping … / scary. Gross. / Lurking … leaping! / Don't get close!" Bees, lice, beetles and bedbugs all get their due; even that weird, unidentifiable bug ("Hairy, scary-- / what was THAT bug?") has a turn to shine. Staake's familiar, rotund characters are surrounded by bugs of all colors, shapes, patterns and sizes. The frenetic insect-and-arachnid infestation sometimes overwhelms the design, but it pairs well with the jumbling, tumbling bounce of the text. Besides seeking out individual critters described on each page, readers will have no shortage of other creepy-crawlies to find and examine. (The extras are a peak into Staake's imagination--checkered thoraxes, striped, pointed noses, and oh, so many legs.) Stein ends the menagerie on a contemplative note: "Bug, so secret / are you wise? / Gazing out through / all those eyes? / What exactly / do you see? / I see you … // Do you see me?" Wistful, yet not likely to prevent the next squish. Squirmy and educational. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 January #1

Stein and Staake follow up Cars Galore (2011) with an equally energetic ode to insects, which Staake portrays interacting with children--sometimes to their delight, sometimes not--in a style that's Dr. Seuss meets Hieronymus Bosch. Stein's staccato verse keeps an upbeat tempo throughout: "Some bugs cruise/ around in groups./ Some bugs fly in/ loop-de-loops./ Some bugs land/ smack-dab in soups/ Some bugs crawl/ right under... oops" (the "oops" bug is shown flattened under a girl's shoe). The madcap cartoons create an atmosphere that feels almost interplanetary, playing up the alien nature (and the diversity) of the insect world. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 February

PreS-Gr 2--With bouncing rhyme and illustrations that demand multiple viewings, Bugs Galore is a rollicking celebration of all things creepy-crawly. This highly successful collaboration shows how well text and artwork can add up to something more. In a particularly successful spread, the art and verse combine to capture the magic of viewing fireflies, "Lightning glow bugs./Nighttime show bugs./Shining bright bugs./What-a-sight bugs!" Staake's bright, geometric illustrations are equally suited for large groups or up-close viewing. The main action is always clear and bold, but each spread features dozens of bugs with individual details, expressions, and actions. Kids will love identifying the little creatures specified in the text and discovering other stories through the pictures. Though not informational (while spiders are a gray area, worms are definitely not "bugs"), this book will no doubt delight children.--Anna Haase Krueger, Antigo Public Library, WI

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