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Bug Bear by Patricia Hegarty and Carmen Saldaña

Bug Bear takes an amusing look at Bug’s quest to find a home but Bear isn’t at all enthralled by Bug’s choice of lodgings. Will Bear manage to solve the problem of a bothersome bug?!

The Story: Bug decides to make his home in Bear’s fur. At first Bear doesn’t take a lot of notice but then Bug’s wriggling starts to annoy him. Bear gets grumpier and grumpier but then Owl helps Bug find a solution to his problem which also leads to a new friendship.

Bug makes us laugh, he is so thick skinned and determined and he really doesn’t understand why Bear is getting so grumpy. Bug extends the arm of friendship by offering Bear a hug and even then he isn’t at all offended when Bear rebuffs him and suggests that he go and live with another animal. We love the ecstatic expression on Bug’s face when Owl finally helps him find a home and hope that he’ll be very happy with his new animal friend.

Carmen Saldaña’s illustrations are beautiful and little red Bug makes a bold splash amongst the earthy forest colours. Bug wears a permanent smile in contrast to the variety of Bear’s expressions. We love how the varying positions of Bear’s eyeballs portray his reactions to Bug and one of our favourite illustrations shows Bear’s bemused reaction to Bug’s hug. My daughter loves the page that shows Bear trying to get rid of Bug, especially when Bear stands on his head and I love the page showing the woodland animals watching and waiting to see the outcome of the situation.

This is a really fun story and when my daughter first read the book I could hear her chortling away to herself. She particularly likes the animal that Bug befriends at the end of the story!

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Patricia Hegarty / Illustrator: Carmen Saldaña

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending Bug Bear. I’m sure that this will be a story that will stand up to countless readings!

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12 responses to “Bug Bear by Patricia Hegarty and Carmen Saldaña”

  1. Crummy Mummy avatar

    I haven’t come across this one before but it looks great! #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s newly published, a fun story 🙂

  2. Kate Fever avatar

    This sounds lovely, think it would amuse my little 2! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s an amusing story for parents too. I’ll have to ask my daughter what she would include in a sandwich for me!

  3. Vicki Coombe avatar

    We’ll defiantely need to take a look at this one – my daughter loves stories with bears in! #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      This one’s quite a grumpy bear!!

  4. Heledd ~ yummyblogger avatar

    Sounds like a great read.. and I love the look of the front cover, great illustrations always help make a good book 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are fabulous and really show the reader how irritating Bug is to Bear!!

  5. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    This sounds adorable, a great one to add to a little ones bookcase #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is adorable and I think that children generally love bugs!

  6. Debbie Roberts avatar

    Hi Catherine, judging by the cover picture bear is not at all impressed by bug. I suppose it is a matter of bug by name, bug by nature! It sounds like a lovely book and if it gets children laughing it’s a winner!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Bear is really irritated by Bug but he has good reason to be!!