A Bug and a Wish

Children - Concept
20 Pages
Reviewed on 08/11/2014
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Author Biography

Karen Scheuer is a wife, mother, and teacher. She lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and has been married to her high-school sweetheart for 29 years. The author and her husband have a 23-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son. She enjoys calligraphy, knitting, making jewelry, traveling, reading, and never turns down an offer to dine out. The first-time author encourages her second graders to use A Bug and a Wish in various school situations. "In the years I have been teaching, teasing and bullying have increased. I felt that the 'bug and a wish' concept would make a great children's book for teachers to use in their classrooms."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

A Bug and a Wish by Karen Scheuer is a story that revolves around the relevant topic of bullying. Tyler dreads going to school because he is always teased by the other boys for the way he walks. Then his good friend Danae comes up with an idea. She advises him to give the boys ‘A Bug and a Wish.’ Tyler, being innocent, finds an actual ladybug and dandelion seed to wish upon. But that is not what Danae meant by 'A Bug and a Wish.' As Tyler gets the true meaning of what she meant, he finds out that his problem is easily solved.

The story is beautiful and the topic of bullying has been handled well by the author. Many readers will be able to relate to this story and it gives them a way to solve their problems and stand up to bullying in the proper manner. The approach adopted by Tyler in handling the situation is direct and simple and it is heartening to note that it works out for him in a good way. The cartoon-like illustrations give life and movement to the story and scenes. The book is a must-read for all school going kids. It is not only relatable but also tells them how to handle the situation in case they are the target. Parents can use it as a bedtime story book and it is perfect to keep in school libraries. Kids have a solution now for their bullying problems: A Bug and A Wish.

Sherrill S. Cannon

This is an awesome book by a talented author, and I'm quite sure it will become an award winner soon!