BookWalk: Beetle Bop

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Kids love bugs!  That makes this a particularly fun BookWalk selection.  Beetle Bop, written and illustrated by Denise Flemming, is loaded with creepy, crawly beetles involved in all kinds of bug behaviors.

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The book is brimming with words that your young friends can chew on.  If you like for your students to sit silently while a book is read, this is not the book for you.

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The words are also lyrical and rhythmic.  They offer scads of opportunities for interactive fun; be it making the sounds that are described or performing beetle movements.

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From a scientific perspective, it presents a visual representation of the beetle varieties that are crawling all around us every day.

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Vivid colors, nature’s sounds, and graceful and not so graceful movements are whimsically expressed through the unusual illustrations.  These vibrant illustrations were formed by “pouring colored cotton fiber through had-cut stencils.”  (Flemming. 2009)

Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time to have fun with some creepy creatures.  Try this one out and have a great time with your friends!

Beetle Bop

Denise Fleming, Author and Illustrator


ISBN – 13:  978-0-545-15917-3

ISBN – 10:  0=545-15917-2

Daily Prompt: Places


Played there as a little girl

With friends

Hosted my sons’ birthday parties there

Invited their friends

Now, I drink coffee there with my husband

My best friend

Anticipate taking grandkids there someday

Our future friends