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Noisy Bug Sing-Along
Noisy Bug Sing-Along
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Bug Sounds from Noisy Bug Sing-Along!

Author: John Himmelman
Illustrator: John Himmelman

Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95 | Hardback • $16.95
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There’s a lot going on out there, and this book is a wonderful bridge to a whole noisy, busy world of insects. Learn who is making what sound, and why. In this book the reader is treated to scientifically accurate, up-close depictions of some very cool bugs. It explains why the bugs make the sounds they do, and how they do it—and it’s not with their voices! Plus the author offers several intriguing bug games. Author John Himmelman started his first “Bug Club” in a friend’s garage when he was 8 years old, and he’s been playing with insects ever since. He is enthusiastic about nature, and is the author and illustrator of over 75 books for children.

Educators: Listen to bug sounds and download free activities based on this book on our activities page.

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Book Details

  • 2013 NAPPA (Nat. Assoc. of Parenting Publications) Gold Award Winner
  • 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award Winner
  • 2014 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year Award Winner
  • 2013 California Reading Assn. Eureka Honor Award Winner
  • 2013 Children’s Literary Classics Silver Award Winner
  • 2013 Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner
  • 2013 Forward Reviews Book of the Year Award (Finalist – Picture Books)
  • 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention)
“In this colorful picture book, Himmelman introduces the sounds of “noisy bugs” and invites children to sing along with them. Each double-page spread focuses on one insect, with a line of text, such as “A Dog-Day Cicada buzzes LOUDLY high in a tree. / ZZZZZZZZ,” and a meticulously drawn, large-scale image of the animal, with color, texture, and shading apparently added digitally. The big, bold images make the illustrations inviting to children, while the accurate depictions of individual insects reward closer study. Among those featured are the tiger moth (SQUEAKA-SQUEAKA-SQUEAK), the mosquito (mmmmmm), and the bush katydid (tick-tick-tick zeezeezeezee). In contrast, the butterfly flies by in silence. An appended section provides the sound waves (on paper and, through a link, in audio files) recorded for each example; a paragraph of information about each bug and its sound; and good children’s activities for related of insect sounds. For a rousing read-aloud session, pair this well-focused book with Ant Ant Ant: An Insect Chant (2005).”

— ALA Booklist (June 1, 2013)

“A still summer evening isn’t always quiet for those who listen carefully. They might hear and identify some noisy bugs using this simple primer. Himmelman devotes a spread to each insect and its distinctive sound. Though the text is simple, with just one line per page, the author packs in the information. He includes the complete name of the bug and an easy-to-replicate phonetic description of the sound. Readers will also learn about how the noisy creature adapts to its environment. For example, a Dog-Day Cicada buzzes high in a tree, not near the ground. The textual information is set off by larger-than-life illustrations. The colors are saturated but still realistic. There are enough details in the pictures to serve as a beginning identification guide. Additional details about all of the bugs is appended. Nature activities are included. This book will be well-used on trips to the woods and in backyards throughout the summer, wherever noisy bugs can be found.”

— School Library Journal (May 2013)

“Insects can be noisy. That’s the clear message of this natural history story for young readers. “Field Crickets sing from beneath leaves. CHIRP CHIRP CHIRP,” and “A Dog-Day Cicada buzzes loudly high in a tree. ZZZZZZZZZ.” Grasshopper, katydid, bumblebee, click beetle, and others contribute to this natural symphony- but not the butterfly, which “flutters by in complete silence.” The insect sounds are graphically amplified, accompanied by oversized, accurate illustrations. Though this is only a brief introduction to the subject, the author makes it a memorable one, with additional text at the end to help satisfy the curiosity of young readers.”

— The Bloomsbury Review – M. Woos (August 2013)

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