Cover image for Bug on a bike
Bug on a bike
Monroe, Chris, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 26 cm
"The bug on a bike is riding somewhere, but no one quite knows the destination. But that doesn't stop all the other animals from following along"--
Reading Level:
AD 730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 167583.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction New Materials
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

On Order



Are we there yet? The Bug on the Bike isn't saying. He just started riding his bike one day and invited his friends--from the athletic pickle to a surprisingly agile nickel--to follow behind him. Nobody knows where they're headed, but it's a long, strange trip everyone is happy to take. Chris Monroe, creator of the Monkey with a Tool Belt series, brings her characteristic love of silly details to this rhyming read-aloud romp.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The creator of the inimitable Monkey with a Tool Belt (2008) sends a ladybug on wheels out to gather dozens of friends. Why? Readers will have to wait along with lizard Mike, Randy the toad, an athletic pickle, a gang of log-rolling ants, and a diverse array of other followers to find out, because Bug isn't telling. Showing a deft hand at crafting nonsense verse that sticks to regular rhymes and meter without turning singsong, Monroe brings the parade to its destination at last: It's my Bug Birthday Party! The simple cartoon illustrations, which feature small figures drawn with fine lines and thinly applied dabs of watercolor, culminate in a magnificent outdoor party with games, balloons, cupcakes, a karaoke stage, and much, much more. And the bug? Well, he just had a ball. / Seeing all his friends happy / was the most fun of all. --Peters, John Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A polka-dot dog, ants on a log, an "athletic pickle," a smiling nickel, a bear eating honey, and a skateboarding bunny are among the characters that join a festive cavalcade led by a helmet-wearing ladybug on a bike. Each eagerly falls in line, following the leader up and down hills, across a river, and through a forest, wondering where they are headed: "Where are they riding/ on such a nice day?/ They asked the bug-/ But he just wouldn't say." Monroe's (Cookie, the Walker) cumulative verse reveals a penchant for nonsense and non sequitur, while her wispy cartoons have a manic energy that matches the text's quirkiness and showcases amusing transportation-related details: clams travel in a boat with wheels, a cat and a fez-wearing monkey ride along on roller skates, while the aforementioned pickle opts for a skateboard. The story's energy continues full tilt after the travelers reach finally their surprise destination-the bug's extravagant birthday party, which is chock-full of activities, snacks, and food. This boisterous outing works well as both a read-alone for beginning readers and a readaloud for story time. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this kooky cumulative tale, a ladybug on a bike announces, "It's time to go now." A motley parade of friends follows him as he pedals down roads and up hills and through a forest, despite not knowing "where we're going or when we'll be back." Monroe's quirky ink-and-watercolor cartoons showcase small vignettes of the many odd characters, including ants rolling on a log, an "athletic pickle" pumping iron, and a lizard baking pies in an amphibian-shaped kiln. The rhyming verse takes a long, circuitous route to get to the punch line: "Well look at the time./ We're not late, we're not tardy./ It's my Bug Birthday Party!" This rambling adventure sometimes spins its wheels.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.