Bug Off! (Hardcover)

A Story of Fireflies and Friendship

By Cari Best, Jennifer Plecas (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374380625, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
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A young girl learns what it really means to sparkle in this charming picture book about the challenges and joys of making new friends.

Lightning-bug-loving Maude wants to be a member of the Bug-of-the-Month Club in her new neighborhood, and decides that her entrance speech will be about fireflies. She reads, she researches, she prepares, and she delivers a speech that all the club members love—except for hard-to-please Louise. Louise won't even let Maude in the club! So Maude vows to really let Louise have it for being so rude. But when she does, it's not in the way anyone expects.

Featuring wonderful illustrations by Jennifer Plecas, Cari Best's Bug Off! is a sparkly story about friendship, kindness, and inclusion—packed with info about fireflies, too!

About the Author

Cari Best has written many award-winning picture books, including Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and My Three Best Friends and Me, described by the New York Times as “refreshing” and “exciting.” Her picture book If I Could Drive, Mama was described by Publishers Weekly as “a wonderful tribute to an imagination in perpetual motion.” In the Country of Queens is her first novel. Ms. Best lives in Connecticut.

Jennifer Plecas is an illustrator, designer, and author who has illustrated over thirty books for children, including the beloved Good Night, Good Knight books. She also lives in Kansas City with her family.

Praise For Bug Off!: A Story of Fireflies and Friendship

“A useful selection in classrooms as well as a discussion starter at storytime.” —School Library Journal

“Lessons about friendship and inclusion complement lessons about insects and bugs. . .chock full of fascinating facts about fireflies and how to help them.” —Kirkus Reviews