This week, I wanted to share a Perfect Picture Book about bugs.
Title: Super Bugs
Author: Michelle Meadows
Illustrator: Bill Mayer
Orchard Books, 2016
Themes/Topics: Rhyme, Bugs, Community Helpers
Opening: Antennae up, eyes down. Buzzing all around the town. Super Bugs, Super Bugs, mighty, mighty Super Bugs!
Brief Synopsis: (from cover flap) When bugs need help, who come to the rescue? Why, Super Bugs of course! Follow a tor of heroic Super Bugs from morning till night as they save their fellow insects from hungry frogs, falling tomatoes, and even human feet. When danger is near, Super Bugs are here!
Resources: Lesson plans on community helpers and another one. Scholastic has a variety of lesson plans and activities on bugs. Michelle Meadows has some very nice activity guides on her book page for her other books. Check out her site to see if one has been added for Super Bugs.
Why I Like This Book: Super Bugs was a random find at the library. The Super Bugs are super cute. These little bugs in capes are community helpers, who take care of other insects in the community. The note about the artwork is unique. It says Bill Mayer points in miniature. “In fact, the Super Bugs are actually about the size of a thumbnail!” He then scans the miniature paintings and enlarges them to fit the size of the book.
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Cathy Ballou Mealey says
Love those random library finds that turn out to be a hit!
Look out for falling tomatoes bugs!
Leslie Goodman says
These super bugs do look super cute, and I love that it’s a rhyming book. I’m just finishing up a poetry course and would love to add this book to my reading list.
Patricia Tilton says
Cute idea for a book — Super Bugs. This could be a series of different super heroes. I bet Enzo enjoyed it!
Charlotte Dixon says
I haven’t read the book, yet, but I am already laughing. I look forward to finding this buggy gem at my library. Thank you for sharing Stacy 🙂
Vivian Kirkfield says
Love the idea of a super bug…I actually think we have some super mosquitoes here in New Hampshire…quite a change from never seeing any in Colorado. 😉 Thanks for the heads up about this, Stacy…I should read it…it might help me with my Boy to Bug story.
Sue Heavenrich says
these super-bugs look a lot more heroic than the gnats biting me in my garden!
Patricia Nozell says
Love finding new books at the library. This one seems super!
Thanks for sharing! So was it on display or did you come across it another way? I’m always curious how books attract themselves to us .