Today I am excited to have the pleasure of discussing a book that carries a great message and supports a wonderful cause. “Bob Beetle Book Bug” is a picture book written by my fellow Mirror Publishing author Phyllis Griggs and illustrated by Carlos Lemos.
Before I get into the actual review of the book itself, I want to first commend the author for all the hard work she does to help spread the important message about childhood literacy. Through her Bob Beetle Book Bug non-profit organization, she reaches out to children everywhere to encourage them to explore the wonderful world of reading. I should also note that all of the proceeds from the sale of her “Bob Beetle Book Bug” picture book will be donated to the cause of children’s literacy.
Now, on to the story! The premise of “Bob Beetle Book Bug” is simple but powerful. The book stars a cute little green “book bug” who is excited to share his passion for books in all of their wonderful forms. As he says, he loves “little books, big books, old books and new…red books, white books and yellow books too…blue books, brown books, short books and tall…fat books, skinny books, he loves them all!”
As you can probably tell from that small excerpt, this book is funny, cute and well-written. It is also interactive, with Bob Beetle talking directly to the reader and inviting them to join him in his wonderful world of books. The book poses some great questions that could easily serve as discussion starters with kids. Perhaps best of all, Bob Beetle encourages the whole family to get involved and find the time to read together as a family.
Overall, this is simply a wonderful book built around a much-needed concept. Books like this carry the potential to turn even the most reluctant young readers into book lovers. This is a great pick for families, schools, libraries and community organizations devoted to literacy. If you would like to purchase a copy, please visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble.