The Ugly Bug Ball

May 14, 2016

The Ugly Bug Ball. Anissa Freeman, Michelle Burns. 2012. 30 pages. BQB Publishing. [ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.]

The Ugly Bug Ball is more than just a picture book. It’s an important lesson about inclusion and bullying. Told through the view of an insect community, this story is easy for kids to connect to their own experiences or those of others.

I appreciate that this book has a substantial amount of text. It’s great practice for emerging readers, at 30 pages. The illustrations are crisp and bright, and there is great detail in the insects faces. The images aren’t overly complex, and don’t detract from the story.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I think it would be especially helpful for a child dealing with bullying or as a tool when discussing bullying with groups.

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