Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? Bugsy Bug is trying to get to his grandma in the Big Bug Log. Readers interact with this lift-the-flap book as they help the little bug find his way through shops, a library, a restaurant, and even a spider’s lair. Only one of the three or four flaps on each page opens to the next page. Even the dead-end flaps are fun, because the bugs’ comments are written on the inside. For instance, the one in the bug bathroom states, “Do you mind?” if you lift the flap to see him. I had some middle school students preview the book, even though they are not the target audience. They particularly liked that there were so many flaps on each page.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It seemed too complex if the target audience (as stated on the back of the book) is three- to seven-year-olds.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to young readers about first to third grade who like to solve puzzles and interact with their books.
Who should buy this book? The lift the flap books are tough to have in a library because it’s so easy for the movable parts to get broken. I’d recommend it for home use.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with picture books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 4/12/17