Hello, friends! Our book today is Do Doodlebugs Doodle?: Amazing Insect Facts, written by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig and illustrated by Ellen Shi, a fun look at insects and what inspires their often curious names.
Do dragonflies breathe fire? Do booklice have library cards? Do yellowjackets wear yellow jackets? These are the whimsical questions posed to the reader, followed quickly by a short explanation of how these oddly-named creatures actually earned their monikers. Little bookworms can learn about water boatmen, horseflies, stinkbugs and more, both on their respective pages and with additional information in the back.
Clever and fun! For any kid who might be interested in insects, this is a fantastic look at some common and lesser-known species that is light, easy to read through in a sitting, and packed with fun facts. The art is cute, and does a great job of including both boys and girls of various skintones playing with and examining the bugs. There was one entry I didn’t love: the story of how kissing bugs get their name (by biting the faces of people and animals), accompanied with an illustration of a distressed-looking child covered in bites, could absolutely upset some young readers. But for the little bug-enthusiast, this is an overall winner. The length was fine for a quick read, JJ enjoyed the “buggies”, and we’re calling this one Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)