Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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.