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Little Buggy runs away
O'Malley, Kevin, 1961-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Gulliver Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Little Buggy has a fight with Big Buggy and runs away, with help from some ant friends, but when night falls and the ants have to go home, Little Buggy has second thoughts.
Reading Level:
GN 220 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 72126.
Electronic Access:
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's not easy living with your parents. Just ask Little Buggy. He is so mad at Big Buggy that he's running away from home. With the help of two ants, Little Buggy finds a cozy shoe where he can sleep, some food to eat, and even a cough drop in case he gets sick. But when the sky turns dark and his friends must leave, Little Buggy wonders if home isn't so bad after all.
Popular illustrator Kevin O'Malley has created another hilarious and emotionally resonant Little Buggy adventure, perfect for kids who are eager to test their independence--and for parents who are helping them handle it.

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-K. A furious young beetle runs away from home and learns something about forgiveness in this simple story illustrated from a bug's-eye view. After a fight with Big Buggy, Little Buggy sets off on his own. Two young ants who notice that he's got a lot to learn about running away, tail him and help him get settled. When night falls, though, Little Buggy is by himself, and in a wordless spread, O'Malley shows small, lonely Little Buggy dwarfed by wild garden plants. Then a lightning bug offers to take Little Buggy home just as Big Buggy appears: How was your day? Mine was terrible. I had a fight with someone I love. Children will easily recognize the bugs' roiling emotions, which O'Malley expertly captures in his characters' faces, and the supporting cast's humorous asides, printed in dialogue bubbles, will elicit some giggles. Still, the close-up, graphic views of the bugs' world, where home is a pen cap or a shoe, are what will interest children most. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this sequel about the mixed-up feelings that accompany running away, O'Malley returns to the polished cartooning, bug-scale landscape and Greek-chorus narrative that made Little Buggy a standout. As in the first book, the emotional action plays out in the facial expressions of Little Buggy, a pop-eyed baby ladybug who never speaks. Yet his malleable cartoon expressions convey a host of feelings-resentment after a fight with Big Buggy, apprehension when faced with the big wild world, and relief when Big Buggy comes to find him. Against a succession of full-bleed cartoon spreads, the comments of two ants and a lightning bug bring the story forward and also hint at the comforts of home that the hero has forfeited. "Hey, Buggy, here's a cough drop in case you get sick," says one ant. "Here's something to read at bedtime. You can read, can't you, Little Buggy?" says another. With the supplies they bring him, the ants also bring news from home: "We saw Big Buggy," says one of the ants, helping things along. "He said he loves you." O'Malley's wise decision to start the story after Little Buggy has run away allows youngsters to identify with the diminutive hero's feelings rather than his circumstances. Slick visuals, broad humor and a warm-hearted portrayal of helpful friends will endear Little Buggy to parents and children alike. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Little Buggy has had a fight with Big Buggy and is running away. He meets two neighborhood ants that provide devil-on-one-shoulder/angel-on-the-other dialogue as he proceeds. While one entices him with the idea of all-night parties and eating anything he likes, the other reminds him that Big Buggy misses him. When the ants finally depart, leaving the little ladybug alone in his cavernous new home (a pen cap), his anger departs as well, and he heads back. He is met partway by Big Buggy, who promises a better tomorrow. O'Malley's pen-and-ink cartoon illustrations, colored in Adobe Photoshop, sympathetically depict the plight of the prodigal little bug as he struggles with his desire to separate from his home and his longing to return. Fans of Little Buggy (Harcourt, 2002) will enjoy this sequel, which could be paired with Robert Kraus's Where Are You Going, Little Mouse? (Greenwillow, 1986) for a storytime about family disputes diffused by understanding and forgiveness.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.