I am excited to share Penelope Anne Cole's review of Little Bug. Thank you for your time and effort, Penny, as well as your kind words about my book.
Without further ado...
by Karin Larson
Illustrated by Eugene
“Little Bug,” by
Karin Larson, illustrated by Eugene Ruble, is the type of children’s book that
I especially enjoy—a book about word play using opposites. In fact, I’ve got my
own manuscript with opposites in it. As a concept book about opposites, “Little Bug” has just about all of them.
He goes out crawling to find a friend, some food, a drink, a tunnel, a worm, a
ride on a butterfly, some shade, a puddle, a tree, a flower, the ant queen, a
resting place, and a house. Here’s an example of Ms. Larson’s word play with
opposites at the beginning of the book:
Little Bug goes all over, under, around, and through in his journey.
Poor little bug. At the end of the day, he will have to start his search all
Unlike his more realistic illustrations, Eugene Ruble’s
pastel artwork in this story has whimsy and silliness that would appeal to
readers at the younger age range. Readers at the higher age range could make a
game of writing down all the opposites--or even guessing which opposites go
together. This would be a good book for teachers to showcase these opposites.
Also, it’s a good book for parents and grandparents to quiz their students
about opposites. “Little Bug” would
make a good read aloud book as well. Recommended for ages 6 to 9.