McArthur’s insightful, fun latest offers young readers a fresh perspective on different types of bugs, and the attributes that make each one of them unique. Seen through the eyes of a cheeky caterpillar, the children learn about various bugs and their individual features that help them thrive in their own environment. The little caterpillar is constant in the story, but within a few pages the parade of high-spirited bugs (including snails, ladybugs, bees, ants, spiders, critters among others), with their specific jobs become the real stars. McArthur’s question-answer style verse exerts a strong pull; his style is at once simple and sophisticated and introduces the young readers to the wonderous world of many fantastic bugs in a fun way. Though the story’s arc becomes predictable, it will make readers thoroughly invested in the book. Lucy Rogers’s vibrant illustrations are perfectly in pitch with the humorous verse, skillfully bringing the varied bugs to life. With its strong child appeal, lively illustrations, and energetic pace, the book makes for a memorable read. Young readers will want to read it again and again. This should be a must purchase for school libraries shelves.
Categories: children's fiction