Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bug on a Bike - a stellar book review

How amazing is that photo?  Loved it when I spotted it.  Anyhow I do digress.  The answer to yesterday's book quote is:

                                           "A Wrinkle in Time: by Madeleine L'Engle

Today's quote to get your brain working is:

           "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo lying on the rug.

Today's featured book is: 

Title: Bug on a Bike
Author/Illustrator:  Chris Monroe
Ages: 4-8

Take a peek inside:

My take on the book:

Kids will love this adorable little character and want to get on their bike and follow along after him.  One day little bug gets on his bike and goes to visit his friends (he has lots of them) and invites them to ride along to an unknown destination.  His friends willingly oblige. They get caught up in the spirit of the adventure and gladly grab their bikes and get into line..... going? they know not...but going. 

This romp-rhyming book will have you scratching your head and smiling at the diversity of bug's friends.  The amigos keep trekking along blindly and happily until they reach a fantastic end to their journey which calls for a great celebration. Each "chum" carries on to his heart's content while little bug stands back and revels in the joy his friends are exuding as they party on through the day and probably way into the night.

The book has rhyming text but is enhanced by speech bubbles too.  The illustrations are simple, expressive and very kid-friendly.  A fun read-aloud and a perfect birthday gift.  

About the author:

Christine Monroe (born April 17, 1962) is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and author best known for her weekly comic strip “Violet Days,” which appears in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Duluth News Tribune. Her work has been published in Funny TimesRipsaw, the Funny Pages, Zenith City Arts, Madcap, Twin Cities Reader, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Transistor and Ruminator. An anthology of her comic strips, “Ultra Violet: 10 Years of Violet Days” was published in 2004 by X-Communication.
Monroe has written and illustrated five children’s books, including the Monkey with a Tool Belt series. She has also illustrated two books for other authors. Kirkus Reviews wrote of her most recent book, Sneaky Sheep(2010), "The silly antics will tickle young readers, who will want to visit with these daring sheep again and again. Fun for all."[1]
She has exhibited her oil pastels at the Duluth Art Institute and other galleries.

                                                    Book review rating:   7 ( A fun read!)

Read on and read always!  Have a wonderful day everyone.

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