Pest in Show

illus. by author. 32p. Dial. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3701-3. LC 2012001410.
K-Gr 3—The idea of a ladybug and a fly being sister and brother is just the beginning of the silliness in this tale of sibling one-upmanship. Ladybug wants to be the star of her backyard theater show, but her kid brother desperately craves the spotlight. While Ladybug sings and dances, Fly and his friends take over the stage. Finally the siblings challenge each other to a dance-off, which is a hit with the audience. The text is brimming with buggy puns, wordplay, reworked classics ("I'm Housefly the garbage man," set to the tune of "Popeye the Sailor Man," is the standout), matched in tone by Jamieson's brash collage and acrylic cartoons.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

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