Everyone’s favorite june beetle learns about the many different places insects call home, in this charming graphic novel from Ashley Spires.
Burt the Beetle wants to find the perfect home to settle down in. But what might that look like for a june beetle? He’s impressed as he checks out the amazing homes his insect friends have built for themselves — the chrysalis of a monarch caterpillar, the underground tunnels of the yellow meadow ants, the wax hive of the bees. Only none of these wonderful homes seem to quite suit Burt’s size, his building skills — or his sticky legs! Burt is starting to get discouraged. But then a rainstorm sends him scurrying for cover under a leaf. And Burt finally begins to understand what home feels like for him!
Bestselling author and illustrator Ashley Spires brings her beloved wit and wisdom to this playful graphic novel that celebrates the true meaning of home — and the amazing world of insect life! With its engaging blend of fact and fiction, offered up with loads of hilarity, it’s sure to keep readers laughing and learning. Burt is a sweet, endearing character whose kindness and unrelentingly positive attitude provide character education lessons on initiative, resilience and perseverance. Part of the Burt the Beetle series, this book is a perfect pick for emerging readers and young fans of comics. It’s also a terrific, easy-to-digest resource for life science lessons on insects and their habitats and homes.
About the Author
Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of many books including the bestselling The Most Magnificent Thing, The Thing Lou Couldn't Do and the Binky the Space Cat series. She is a drinker of tea, eater of candy and lover of animals. When she is not making books, she enjoys yoga, jogging and fostering orphan kittens for her local shelter. Ashley lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, with her dog and far too many felines.
As with Doreen Cronin's “Diary” books and Elise Gravel's “Disgusting Critters” series, most young readers will have no trouble digesting the facts while also enjoying the humor and the story.—School Library Journal (Praise for Burt the Beetle Doesn't Bite!)
A wide-ranging survey of insect homes delivered with humor and heart.—Kirkus Reviews
Spires has a dry humor that even older kids will enjoy. Her graphics are simple, colorful, and easy to follow ... Emergent readers and fans of comics will enjoy getting to know Burt in this recommended title.—School Library Journal
[A] playful but informative gander at the natural world.—Kirkus Reviews (Praise for Burt the Beetle Doesn't Bite!)
This adorable story of finding one's gifts and accepting them for what makes one special is a winner, one with a indefatigably cheerful and likeable protagonist.—CM Magazine (Praise for Burt the Beetle Doesn't Bite!)