Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite! by Ashley Spires

    Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite! by Ashley Spires, Published by Kids Can Press, 9781525301469, 2021

Format: Hardcover Graphic Novel, 56 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Humor

What did you like about the book? This delightfully engaging text introduces the reader to Burt, a beetle that apparently has nothing special to recommend him.  The story talks about Burt’s other insect friends and the amazing things that they can do to defend themselves. Eventually we learn that Burt does have a superpower that can save all of his friends. Utilizing digital techniques to illustrate endearing and slightly comical insects, Spires anthropomorphizes the insect world, creating a welcoming place for readers. Large text and engaging illustrations are sure to make this a hit with struggling reads. Back matter gives facts about the insects discussed in the text. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? The facts at the end of the book did not have any citations, some of the facts varied depending on the sources used.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 1 to 4, who enjoy entomology and graphic novels would like this title.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough graphic novels based on science.  

Where would you shelve it? Graphic Novel

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: April 25, 2021

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