Nasty Bugs

Perfect for summer: an anthology of nasty bug poems written by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Ann Whitford Paul, Alice Schertle, and others. Will Terry‘s illustrations will make you squirm, especially Cockroach by Fran Haraway which begins:

“The common cockroach family

Has quite a genealogy,

This tribe is tough; it perseveres.

It’s lived three hundred million years.”

And try not to itch when you read Lice by Amy LudwigVanDerwater:

“Deep between our once clean sheets

you roam like mini mice.

When we share hats we’re sharing you

like eggy leggy rice.”

Delightfully icky, no? The back matter has more information, including mini-illustrations and the scientific name for each featured bug.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to Nasty Bugs

  1. mblesy says:

    Oh, my! That Lice poem is something else! 🙂 I think my son would like this book.

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