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Title:
Little buggy
Author:
O'Malley, Kevin, 1961-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
A young ladybug is determined to learn how to fly and, with the help of his father, he succeeds.
General Note:
"Gulliver books"
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780152163396
Format :
Book

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Summary

Little Buggy is determined to learn to fly-- today . But flying is not as easy as it looks. It takes a few falls, a lot of patience, and plenty of gentle encouragement (and help up off the ground) from Dad. Some bugs might give up . . . but not Little Buggy.
Popular illustrator Kevin O'Malley has created a funny and warmhearted father-son story perfect for any child who must tackle something difficult for the first time, and for parents having a hard time letting them fall. With the inspiring message that learning something new isn't easy--but success can come when you least expect it--this book is the ideal gift for adventurers of any age.


Author Notes

KEVIN O'MALLEY has illustrated more than forty books for children, including the popular Cinder Edna and the Miss Malarkey books. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Little Buggy learns to fly in this cheerfully illustrated portrayal of trial, error, and eventual success. Buggy, who has no patience for instructions or his father's nostalgic stories of his own first flight, eagerly climbs up a leaf and is ready to go. After a few falls, he is tempted to give up, but Dad provides encouragement and soon the young ladybug is flying, nervously at first, and then soaring. Two jaded slugs observe Little Buggy's travails, making snide comments on the side: «Stick a fork in the kid. He's done!» Bugs, slugs, and their leafy environment are outlined in black, with bright green leaves and grasses that make up most of the background nicely heightened by occasional flowers and the reddish-orange ladybug shells. The concise text, all dialogue, appears in large-size type in white voice balloons. The last page is a hilarious image of one of the slugs with leaves on its back, asserting, «If the kid can do it, so can I!» Good fun with an equally good message at the core. Diane Foote.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Generous measures of humor and empathy bring depth to this modest tale of a ladybug learning to fly. The drama unfolds in what appears to be a dense jungle packed with leafy obstacles. With his father counseling him, Little Buggy attempts to fly, and after a few falls he soars, the perspective changing from the insects' to a human's eye-view of two tiny ladybugs flying over a typical suburban backyard. What makes the story soar, too, is its relevance to children learning any new skill. The father is encouraging and the son eager, but O'Malley (Bud) also cannily uses two spectating snails to plumb the fears that nag every novice. "He's way too little to fly," opines Fred, and after Little Buggy falls a second time, he cracks, "Stick a fork in the kid. He's done." In a stylistic departure, O'Malley uses spare penstrokes to create a layering of woodland textures; he captures Fred's cynicism with half-lidded eyes and a smirky mouth, and Little Buggy's mix of excitement and terror with bug-eyes and antennae gone awry. The cheerful cartoon style, with speech bubbles, ink drawings and flat, computerized coloration suit this light but encouraging story. Best of all, though, is the ironic turn of events. After the ladybugs depart, naysaying Fred straps on two wing-like leaves, explaining, "If the kid can do it, so can I!" Ages 3-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-It's time for Little Buggy to fly. The young ladybug is anxious to learn, but he keeps falling instead. Just as he's about to give up, his dad steps in to encourage him and suggests that they "try it together." "Now relax. Take a deep breath. Stretch out your wings. Bend your knees, and 3, 2, 1-." And Little Buggy is up, dodging leaves, swerving and ducking, and finally out into the clear blue sky: "You did it! You're looking great. You're flying!" O'Malley's pen-and-ink cartoons, colored in Adobe Photoshop, are friendly and inviting, and the characters are expressive and lively. The text is composed entirely of dialogue balloons above the creatures. In addition to the two ladybugs, children will delight in the two onlooker slugs commenting in the background on the action in the story. This encouraging tale about learning new skills will ring true to young readers and will be requested again and again.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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