I’m a typical girl who doesn’t like bugs. They’re gross and icky and should stay far, far away from me. (If they don’t, they get squished.) But bugs in books are a totally different story. Bugs aren’t so yucky when they’re safely between the pages of a good book. In fact, some of my favorite stories are filled with them, and some of the best characters are creepy-crawlers. These are my top five bug books:
There’s a Hair in My Dirt by Gary Larson
You think it’s bad when you find a worm in your apple. But it’s just as upsetting to Junior, an earthworm, when he finds a hair in the dirt he’s having for dinner. This hilarious book shows you that nature isn’t all cute and cuddly, as you find out just how that hair got into Junior’s supper.
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
When Billy’s friends dare him to eat 15 worms in 15 days, Billy starts chowing down. Yuck! But while worms might make a pretty gross lunch, they make for a wonderful story.
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
When Gregor falls into a hidden world buried deep below NYC, he meets all manner of creatures. Gregor’s journey mostly focuses on the rats, bats, and people living in the Underland. But his younger sister, Boots, immediately bonds with the Crawlers, or cockroaches. And the Crawlers lover her back, going to any extreme to keep her safe. They’re so loyal and harmless that it almost makes me feel bad for squishing their overland cousins.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
I’m sure someone out there is thinking that spiders aren’t insects. And they’re right. But you can’t talk about personified bugs without mentioning Charlotte because she is such an amazing character. Charlotte is smart, loyal, kind, compassionate, and an amazing friend.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
There’s no book with more wonderful bugs than Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. After living with his two wicked aunts, James escapes in the giant peach with his new friends Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider, and Centipede.
See? Not icky at all.
What are your favorites?
— Carly H., STACKS Staffer