This collection of laugh-out-loud poems explores the daily life of insect students and staff at Crawly School for Bugs.
Welcome to Crawly School for Bugs! Termites, stink bugs, gnats, and every insect in between attend this buzzy school where crickets take classes like "How to Be Annoying in 4 Easy Steps." Some students struggle with the temptation to eat fellow classmates, while others deal with a mosquito nurse who always wants to draw blood, or attempt to make friends despite their own microscopic size. With funny illustrations by Julie Bayless, these humorous poems by award-winning author David L. Harrison are perfect for poetry fans and bug enthusiasts alike.
About the Author
David L. Harrison is the author of Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things and Pirates, both NCTE Notable Poetry Books, as well as many other award-winning picture books, poetry books, and nonfiction books for children. He lives in Springfield, Missouri. Visit davidlharrison.com.
Julie Bayless is the author and illustrator of Roar! She graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Animation/Illustration and is a member of the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Hayward, California. Visit juliebayless.com.
“Poetry and bugs are brought together in this humorously wacky book. This collection will delight young readers and teachers who are in need of entertaining ways to introduce students to poetry. The illustrations match the poems perfectly…for poetry units wherever humor is in demand.” –School Library Journal
“Twenty lighthearted poems imagine the goings-on at insect school. Graceful and humorous, these short poems allude to typical behaviors. With deftly constructed rhyme and rhythm patterns, lively language, and alliteration, his poems have immediate appeal. They're splendidly matched by whimsical cartoons that reward a second look. A cheerful way to make a connection with the natural world.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Writing in rhyme, Harrison imagines a day at a school for insects…Using both traditional and digital media, Bayless offers comedic scenes of anthropomorphic insects decked out in clothes with room for all of their arms. Readers’ school days will look downright dull by comparison.” –Publishers Weekly
“Peppy color illustrations and amusing verse combine in this entertaining collection. The lively rhymes nicely complement the delightful, animated multimedia art… with witty, scrutiny-inviting details. (K)ids… will…enjoy the references and humor.” – Booklist
“Readers won’t have to call an exterminator when they open this collection of bug-filled poems. Though the creepy crawlies on the pages have lots of legs and beady eyes, they cheerily share their wisdom through sweet and silly rhymes. Stink bugs, termites, horse flies, and ticks are brought to life in watercolor, ink, and colored pencil illustrations. The traditional meets comic book blended format offers readers a unique visual experience. Not only does this book bring a bunch of chuckles, it would make an entertaining read aloud and serve well as a mentor text for teaching various poetic devices.” –School Library Connection