The Bug Collector

Andersen. Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781541596344.
PreS-Gr 1–Following a trip to a wildlife museum, George takes up the same passion as his grandfather—collecting bugs. In his backyard, the determined boy sticks butterflies, ants, and other creatures into jars for his own collection. He gets so good at capturing them though, that none are left. When Grandad visits, he gently explains why these creatures need to be freed. Through George’s actions, young readers can see the importance of studying ecology and our responsibility to nature. From the happy boy to the unhappy butterfly, Griffiths lays his illustrations out nicely. Even the spread describing the important activities of insects is cleanly inserted. The scratchy ink linework and loose-limbed character models give the title a sharp and funny look.
VERDICT Children who like to play with bugs will relate to this title. A recommended purchase.

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