It’s Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday, and I haven’t participated in quite a while. But I recently got a copy of Heather Montgomery’s How Rude! Real Bugs Who Won’t Mind Their Manners (ill by Howard McWilliams, Scholastic, 2015)
These young bugs litter, fart, slurp, and do all sorts of disgusting things with poo. Each spread features the bug’s common name, scientific name, and a lively description of the bad behavior. The tortoise beetle larva, pictured on the cover, for instance, “wears poop…He refuses to let his poop go. Instead, he stockpiles it on his back.” Eeeeuw. Then a Real Deal box shares the scientific reasons why the bug engages in the behavior, with highlighted glossary terms and clear, specific explanations of what scientists do and do not know. Graphic, gross-out illos are accompanied by up-close photographs.
Kids will get some laughs, some disgusting facts to share at recess, and plenty of real scientific information here. A glossary, map, author’s note, and artist’s note make up the backmatter. An awesomely icky book for your reluctant readers or kids fascinated by insects and the nasty side of life.
And, of course, my mind goes to poetry. So you could partner this book with any or all of the following buggy poetry books: Face Bug (J. Patrick Lewis), Nasty Bugs (ed. Lee Bennett Hopkins), and Hey There, Stink Bug! (Leslie Bulion).
For a roundup of more great nonfiction books for kids, visit Alyson Beecher’s KidLit Frenzy!