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Reviewed by Jacob R LaMar for Readers' Favorite
Never Hug a Bug: Funny Rhymes and Insect Facts by L. Mishell is a children’s poetry book made up of educational poems about insects and other bug-like creatures. Before the verse begins, the author offers a small disclaimer that not all the featured creatures are true bugs, as bugs generally have three body parts, two sets of wings, and three pairs of legs. The main body of the book consists of thirteen poems with full-page illustrations between each section of verse. As a bonus, the author includes a page of fun buggy facts at the end, along with a page thanking readers and offering a sneak peek of the author's next book.
Reading the poetry by L. Mishell in Never Hug a Bug, I was taken on a lighthearted adventure through the author's fun, bug-filled world. The book's biggest strength is its ability to be educational without taking itself too seriously. It presents the reader with silly ideas like a caterpillar mustache or a slug that would slime your hair and eyes. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and add to the fun feel of this book. Most of the poems have a regular rhythm to them though at times there’s a break from the natural tempo, which causes some unnatural pauses. All in all, I really enjoyed Never Hug a Bug by L. Mishell and I even learned a few things about bugs along the way. This book would be perfect for children that enjoy bugs already or for those who may want to view them in a different light.