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Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt Book Review

 Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release Date: August 25, 2015

A bug flies through an open door into a house. Just as he is sitting on top of the world, the unthinkable happens. Sucked up by a vacuum, bug goes through the five stages of grief--denial, bargaining, anger, despair, and acceptance. Perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnell though.

As with any great picture book, this story is the perfect blend between illustration and text. What a silly way for children to understand grief in a way that entirely age appropriate. The bug himself has quite a large personality and uses cute little puns both in word and visuals to illustrate his point. Each stage of grief is also treated like a chapter, keeping the pacing lively. Watt puts to use a variety of colors and techniques to keep things interesting, even within a dirty vacuum. Although this could be considered an issue book, I think it doesn't have to be. The story holds its own and kids are going to love it. 


2 comments:

jilannehoffmann.com said...

I've gotta get this one. I love it!

Vivian Kirkfield said...

I'm loving this! The world from the POV of a bug...kids will adore the book with a lesson that isn't a lesson. :)