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Bug in a Vacuum

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Bug in a Vacuum by Melanie Watt
Hardcover
Aug 25, 2015 | 96 Pages
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  • Hardcover $21.99

    Aug 25, 2015 | 96 Pages | 5-9 years

  • Ebook $10.99

    Aug 25, 2015 | 96 Pages | 5-9 years

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Praise

“A bug flies indoors, is sucked into a vacuum, and experiences the five stages of grief while entrapped. The narrative plays it straight, but the double-page spreads—over 40 of them—tell a far livelier story …. [Watt] includes a clever, visually parallel story about the household’s dachshund, whose favorite toy, a knitted, button-eyed dog, suffers the same fate as the bug …. Another funny, visually rollicking work from the creator of Chester and Scaredy Squirrel.” – Kirkus Reviews


“The double-page artwork cleverly illustrates these traumatic events with a muted palette and cute, cartoony characters. Much of the humor is tongue-in-cheek. There is plenty of detail in the illustrations that will evoke adult chuckles and encourage children to look closer …. The award-winning author of the “Scaredy Squirrel” series (Kids Can) is back with an equally engaging, if a bit more sophisticated, picture book to delight audiences.” – School Library Journal


”Mélanie Watt’s retro-styled illustrations are kitschy, cool, mid-modern masterpieces . . . Bug in a Vacuum is original, witty, and moving.” - Quill & Quire


“In a story heady and intellectually ambitious enough for a jaded adult, yet suited to a child’s down-to-earth appetites, a wide-eyed fly gets vacuumed up …. There’s a journey, yes, into the light, but it’s a happy ending that may just prompt sheer joy at the simple fact of being alive.” - The New York Times


“This book is so eloquently written and illustrated, so carefully and tenderly crafted. . . Highly recommended.” The Globe and Mail

Awards

Cybils FINALIST 2015

QWF Prize for ChildrenÂ’s and Young Adult Literature FINALIST 2016

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