Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bug Patrol



Bug Patrol
by Denise Dowling Mortensen, illustrated by Cece Bell
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Unpaged.  Picture Book.

     Captain Bob patrols the streets of Bugland holding coffee and a cruller in two of his right "hands" and resting one of his left appendages on the steering wheel.  His first call is a Code Eleven--unruly ants swarming a donut.  Captain Bob lines them up and tells them to share.  Subsequent calls take him to beetles bumping in the parking lot of the Mall.  Speeding spiders on low-riders are probably his most hazardous call.  Off he speeds "Weee-o Weee-o Weee-o Woo," corners the miscreants, gives them a fine and a lecture, and goes about his day until its time for him to "Hurry home to my nest.  And the bugs that I love BEST!"  Officer Bug is a great guy who keeps his insect community from descending into anarchy.  Kids will love the rhyming, repetitive text and maybe the gross-out factor of roaches being relocated from a Roach Motel ("this place stinks!") to the pleasant acreage of the landfill.  Some fun.

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