Burt the Beetle Lives Here!

Kids Can. (Burt the Beetle: Bk. 2). Jun. 2023. 64p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781525310119.
K-Gr 6–Burt the Beetle is back and hilarious as ever, and his journey to find a home makes this second outing even funnier. Burt the June beetle needs a home. He meets many different types of insects that can do many things and live in many different places. But all homes are not alike, and Burt explains each home he visits with easy-to-understand facts and humor. Spires teaches readers about insects, their habitats, and so much more. As Burt realizes he can’t live in quite the same way other insects do, he is sad about not having a dream home of his own. He learns that shelter is very important to him, but so is friendship. Spires has a dry humor that even older kids will enjoy. Her graphics are simple, colorful, and easy to follow. The clear panel graphics will help younger readers learn how comics are read. This title would be a great social emotional learning (SEL) text for all readers, as Burt is positive and cares about all his other bug friends and respects their living styles; it would also be a great choice for science lessons on living things.
VERDICT Emergent readers and fans of comics will enjoy getting to know Burt in this recommended title.

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