Little Buggy is determined to learn to fly--today. But flying is not as easy as it looks. It takes a few falls, a lot of patience, and plenty of gentle encouragement (and help up off the ground) from Dad. Some bugs might give up . . . but not Little Buggy.
Popular illustrator Kevin O'Malley has created a funny and warmhearted father-son story perfect for any child who must tackle something difficult for the first time, and for parents having a hard time letting them fall. With the inspiring message that learning something new isn't easy--but success can come when you least expect it--this book is the ideal gift for adventurers of any age.
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KEVIN O'MALLEY has illustrated more than forty books for children, including the popular Cinder Edna and the Miss Malarkey books. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Generous measures of humor and empathy bring depth to this modest tale of a ladybug learning to fly. The drama unfolds in what appears to be a dense jungle packed with leafy obstacles. With his father counseling him, Little Buggy attempts to fly, and after a few falls he soars, the perspective changing from the insects' to a human's eye-view of two tiny ladybugs flying over a typical suburban backyard. What makes the story soar, too, is its relevance to children learning any new skill. The father is encouraging and the son eager, but O'Malley (Bud) also cannily uses two spectating snails to plumb the fears that nag every novice. "He's way too little to fly," opines Fred, and after Little Buggy falls a second time, he cracks, "Stick a fork in the kid. He's done." In a stylistic departure, O'Malley uses spare penstrokes to create a layering of woodland textures; he captures Fred's cynicism with half-lidded eyes and a smirky mouth, and Little Buggy's mix of excitement and terror with bug-eyes and antennae gone awry. The cheerful cartoon style, with speech bubbles, ink drawings and flat, computerized coloration suit this light but encouraging story. Best of all, though, is the ironic turn of events. After the ladybugs depart, naysaying Fred straps on two wing-like leaves, explaining, "If the kid can do it, so can I!" Ages 3-7.
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