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Bugs Galore
Written by Peter Stein
Illustrated by Bob Staake
Candlewick Press
2012
ISBN: 978-0763662202
ISBN 10: 0763662208
 
* Published in hardcover, softcover and board book editions.
 
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Behind The Pages With Bob:

"The second of the 'galore' books, this was definitely my favorite to work on. Just being able to create all these crazy bugs, flowers, plants and nature environments would be a a dream for any picture book artist. But what makes this book extra-unique is the fact that it incorporates the drawings of a child. I had approached my vert artistically talented niece, Amelia Leonard (then 6-years-old) to draw in pen as many different flowers as she wanted. Not only did she do that, she also doodled some incredible bugs. I scanned her pen drawings, added color to them, and worked them into every single page in the book. The ecombination of seasoned children's book illustrator with the 'naively' engaging doodles of a a child, well, the result was pretty uncommon. In the future I definitely plan on collaborating with young children on another book."

-- Bob Staake

 

White they were published in green only, the endpapers for "Bugs Galore" were originally designed by Staake to be full color. Click here to see them.

In an homage to Bodoni, one of Staake's favorite typefaces, he dedicated the book to the font's creator; "For Giambattista Bodoni -- My type of guy."

The "plug-your-nose, funky, smelly" stinkbug is subtly illustrated by Staake to look like a piece of poop.

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Summary:

From the inspired team behind Cars Galore comes a new read-aloud buzzing with nonstop rhymes and swarming with comical retro illustrations.

Bugs, bugs, BUGS galore creep, slither, stink, and squirm; scurry, fly - ewww, a worm! Dig in as a flurry of bugs of every shape, size, and color crawl across the page in a veritable infestation of whimsy and humor. Cars Galore creators Peter Stein and Bob Staake return to thrill (and gross out) bug enthusiasts of all ages, offering an in-the-dirt, high-in-the-sky critter tale sure to leave readers wiggling and stampeding for more.

Sample images from book (above)

Publishers Weekly

An energetic ode to insects in a style that's Dr. Seuss meets Hieronymus Bosch... The madcap cartoons create an atmosphere that feels almost interplanetary, playing up the alien nature (and the diversity) of the insect world.

School Library Journal

With bouncing rhyme and illustrations that demand multiple viewings, Bugs Galore is a rollicking celebration of all things creepy-crawly. This highly successful collaboration shows how well text and artwork can add up to something more... The main action is always clear and bold, but each spread features dozens of bugs with individual details, expressions, and actions. Kids will love identifying the little creatures specified in the text and discovering other stories through the pictures.

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