|Crawly school for bugs : poems to drive you buggy|
Author: Harrison, David L.
This collection of laugh-out-loud poems explores the daily life of insect students and staff at Crawly School for Bugs.
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2018 “Come by air, / hop or crawl— / Crawly School / welcomes all!” Peppy color illustrations and amusing verse combine in this entertaining collection showcasing ticks, termites, wasps, and more in a school setting. From “Camouflage Class” (“Change your color, / blend, / play dead. / Look like / something else instead”) to “Cricket Lessons: How to Be Annoying in 4 Easy Steps” (including when and how to chirp for maximum disruption of human sleep), there’s much to do and learn. Other poems highlight individual students and staff—a hungry praying mantis who finds lunchtime with classmates a challenge; the janitor, Mr. D, who’s “busy / making / dung balls”; and the mosquito school nurse, who, no matter the ailment, “always takes some blood, / which always makes it worse.” The lively rhymes nicely complement the delightful, animated multimedia art, which depicts expressive anthropomorphized bugs and school activities with witty, scrutiny-inviting details. While many highlighted insects and traits will already be familiar to kids, insect aficionados will nevertheless enjoy the references and humor. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 PreS-Gr 3—Poetry and bugs are brought together in this humorously wacky book. Readers will wish they were students at "Crawly School," where there are classes dedicated to camouflage and the nurse is a mosquito (the solution to every ill: "I'd better take some blood"). This collection will delight young readers and teachers who are in need of entertaining ways to introduce students to poetry. Most of the verses rhyme and all are light reads. The illustrations match the poems perfectly, with fine details that personify the bugs being featured. For example, the mosquito nurse is wearing scrubs and teacher bugs are always carrying around grade books and wearing studious glasses. VERDICT Consider for poetry units wherever humor is in demand.—Molly Dettmann, Moore Public Library, OK - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.