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The Alphabet of Bugs: An ABC Book (Book) Review


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Page Count: 56
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4/ 5

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We liked?

Great style and really interesting pictures.

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The text is awkward and confusing.

Final Fiendish Findings?

A buggy new book from Valerie Gates will have kids squealing over bugs and reciting the alphabet in no time.

Posted May 14, 2015 by

Full Fiendish Findings...

A buggy new book from Valerie Gates will have kids squealing over bugs and reciting the alphabet in no time.


There is just so much I loved about The Alphabet of Bugs. The sturdy, hardcover book can stand up to tons of reading, toting around, and loving – and that’s always a plus in books for younger kids. And the style – it’s very retro, giving off the cool vibe of a 70’s or early 80’s book. Kids love books that are colorful, and this one is very much so, with every page in full color. It doesn’t stick with standard colors either, giving kids a wide range of seldom used hues (and naming them as well).


It wouldn’t be an alphabet of bugs if there weren’t bugs, and this book features a new one on every page. While very young kids love cartoony drawings, kids who are of an age to really understand their letters love the real thing. The Alphabet of Bugs features vibrant, clear photographs of all kinds of truly interesting bugs. My six year old tester was beside herself with awe at the many different types, asking over and over “Is that a *real* bug?” So interesting, and educational too.


I loved the look, feel, style, colors – so much to love in The Alphabet of Bugs. What I didn’t love – the words. While I’m a huge fan of introducing kids to all sorts of words, big and little, the text in the book just didn’t fit for the age it is geared towards. Each page features an alliterative phrase featuring the letter, the bug pictured, and the technical name of the color. It sounds like a great idea, but it ends in awkward sentences that are difficult to understand. My tester greatly enjoyed the pictures, but she had no clue what was going on in the text.


At the end of the book, there is a page that features one interesting fact about each bug. They are listed in text only, so you either have to have a great memory, or flip back and forth to place a bug to a fact. The facts are really cool, and are a great addition to the book – but I can’t help but think it would have been a better book overall if those facts had been included on the pages with the bugs.


The Alphabet of Bugs: An ABC Book is a great choice for young nature lovers. With great colors and really cool bug pictures, they’ll love paging through it to find their favorites. Though the text doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue, it’s worth it for the visual experience alone.


U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)