The Big Bad Bug


The Big Bad Bug won’t share. Although the garden’s supposed to be a place for sharing, this bug’s determined that he is in charge. Thereafter, anything that’s found is his alone. It means that he shouts at Snail, scolds the butterflies for their fluttering and pushes the Earthworms out of his way. What’s more, when the most extraordinarily delicious blackberry appears in the garden, he claims it as his, alone.

However, what if there’s a bigger, more important, visitor to the garden? One who’s fascinated by The Big Bad Bug so that he’s selected, put into a jar and taken away for investigation? Will the other garden bugs help him? Then again, might it make The Big Bad Bug rather more thoughtful to his garden community should he be returned?

Alongside pictures that sparkle with summer and light, we’ve a story that’s almost audible, full of purpose and meaning, so that we wonder at The Big Bad Bug, the community and then our own garden. What’s more, Kate Read concludes her wonderful picture book with instructions for creating a Bug Hotel. All in all, The Big Bad Bug is a superb book for reading aloud, sharing, reference and inspiration.

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The Big Bad Bug

Kate Read

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‘What are you snaring at?’ snares The Big Bad Bug. It seems there’s room for this tyrant only in the garden. It means he’s bossy, selfish and superior! In fact he shouts at Snail, yells at the butterflies and then elbows his way ahead of Earthworm. Thereafter he determines, ‘It’s ALL MINE! And you can’t have any!’ Although the garden’s supposed to be a place shared by everyone, this bug’s special. Therefore, what might happen when they discover ‘the most enormous juicy, magnificent berry they ha[ve] ever seen’? 
It seems that this bug’s determined to have it all to himself. However what if there’s an even bigger interloper? One that threatens our bossy insect, maybe even injures it? Might the garden help out? In fact, might they show kindness? Or might there be a lesson ahead for this greedy insect?
Bookwagon loves Kate Read‘s One Fox. However while The Big Bad Bug shares that picture book’s air of menace alongside the writer/ illustrator’s glorious illustrations, there’s a shift of feelings. What’ more, there’s a twist in the tale of this story that has us wondering about next steps… Furthermore we’ve an invitation to create our own bug hotel, rather as in Luna Loves Gardening. Bookwagon loves this picture book and suggests it is a superb book to know well, to refer to and then to use as an inspiration for exploration.


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