Bugs (Hardcover)

Poems about Creeping Things

By David L. Harrison, Rob Shepperson (Illustrator)

Wordsong, 9781590784518, 56pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2007

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Insects with attitude. When gnats don swords and feathered hats, and a flea named Ralph has giraffe in "hif mouf," it's not long before other crawly insects become bold, too. In this lively collection of bug-centered poems, a grasshopper who's downright tacky chews weeds and spits "tobacky," while a dumb pair of beetles sets out to float across the sea in a tennis-shoe boat. Rob Shepperson's drawings add quiet visual humor to David L. Harrison's quick-witted verse, and the combination of the two creates mind-tickling comedy.

About the Author

David L. Harrison wrote the acclaimed poetry collection Somebody Catch My Homework. His other children's books include Sounds of the rain: Poems of the Amazon, The Book of Giant Stories, and Caves, which is part of the Earthworks nonfiction series published by Boyds Mills Press. Mr. Harrison has received a Christopher Award, a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year award and four IRA-CBC Children's Choice awards. He lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Rob Shepperson's droll editorial drawings appear regularly in TheNew York Times, TheWall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He is also the illustrator of Carolyn Coman's The Big house. Mr. Shepperson lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Praise For Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things

"The poems are lighthearted and humorous, with occasional invented words and flashes of slightly gross humor that will appeal to young readers." --Kirkus Reviews

"Creepy, wild, and silly. . . . The poems encourage the physical action that makes words fun." --Booklist