The Bug Club
The hardcover feels like a glimpse inside a personal scrapbook, as though a knowledgeable and devoted friend is sharing their interest with the reader. Gravel’s enthusiasm is contagious. It’s a quick read, but packed with content and well worth rereading.
Tons of bug facts are accompanied by friendly, cartoony images. The story is personal — Gravel often mentions how she looked for bugs as a kid — but also peppered with facts. There are definitions (of invertebrate and entomologist), information on bug life cycles and body parts, and a number of profiles of specific, weird insects. My favorite is the pill bug; one of Gravel’s is the stick insect.
Readers will discover information that’s hard to forget, such as what the inside of a snail looks like. The cartoony figures often don’t look like real insects, but the details come across all the same. They’re all the more memorable for the googly eyes Gravel adds to make them into characters.
The Bug Club is a great choice for fans of Kevin McCloskey’s science comics, such as Snails Are Just My Speed! There are plenty of fun facts and intriguing items to spur imagination and interest. (The publisher provided a review copy. Review originally posted at Good Comics for Kids.)