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!