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Bug Blonsky and his very long list of don'ts, E. S. Redmond

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Bug Blonsky and his very long list of don'ts
Title
Bug Blonsky and his very long list of don'ts
Statement of responsibility
E. S. Redmond
Title variation
Bug Blonsky and his very long list of donts
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
If seven-year-old Benjamin (aka Bug) Blonsky were a superhero, he'd be "Bug Boy with the Power to Annoy." That's what his big sister says. Mom says he's wiggly and can't sit still. Dad says he's easily distracted. On this day, Bug's "choices" drawing pictures of pig roller coasters during math time, making armpit noises when his teacher bends over have landed him in a heap of trouble, so now he's writing a list of what not to do: his list of don'ts
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Review
  • Grades 1-3 If you picturethe toddler fromDavid Shannon’s No, David! (1998) as a seven-year-old, you’ll come close to Benjamin Blonsky (aka Bug): antsy, annoying, impulsive, and often sent to the quiet chair to contemplate his choices. To pass the time, he compiles a list of don’ts, ranging from the obvious (“Don’t climb the bookcase to get a book from the top shelf”) to the outrageous (“Don’t make armpit fart sounds when Ms. Munster bends over”). Interspersed between list items, Bug provides first-person accounts of his poor decisions that result in being ostracized by peers and multiple trips to the principal’s office. Redmond’s pen-and-ink with watercolor cartoons employ an exaggerated style that depicts the kids with goofy facial expressions and most adult females with grotesquely large hips, convenient to their representation as humorless taskmasters. The text is brief, usually just enough to set up each joke, which then plays out with several pages of art. Bug’s antics are believable and will ring true, making this a good choice for fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series. -- Weisman, Kay (Reviewed 12/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 7, p63)
  • Gr 1–3—Seven-year-old Benjamin, who proudly goes by the nickname Bug, launches this first-person early chapter book from the "quiet chair" where he spends a lot of time "thinking about his choices." This time, he is composing a list of "Don'ts to help me remember what not to do." Each rule gets its own short chapter and there are 21 rules in all, beginning with "#1 DON'T spray whipped cream into your mouth for breakfast" and ending with "#21 DON'T tell Mom what's going on." Each chapter starts with the phrase "Because if you do," and goes on to explain why doing this specific thing causes trouble. The incidents are cumulative, one leading to the next, bringing the situation full circle as the events of the day land Bug in the quiet chair writing his list. Large font combined with detailed cartoon-style illustrations on every page will keep newer chapter book readers confident and engaged. The full-color artwork capitalizes on and exaggerates the jokes in the text to make them extra silly. VERDICT Using slapstick humor in both its words and art, this early chapter book will appeal to new readers who enjoy a little trouble and irreverence in their stories.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA --Julie Roach (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 1, p66)
  • Benjamin “Bug” Blonsky, an impulsive seven-year-old who “spend a lot of time in the quiet chair thinking about my choices,” stars in this mischief-stuffed early reader. Bug’s more than 20 rules of things to avoid (“#13 Don’t ask Principal Sternsly if she was pretty when she was young”) frame his school day as it unfolds, and his reader-directed second-person narration turns his story into an extended cautionary tale. Redmond’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations (seen in b&w) feature jug-eared, freckle-faced kids and adults with saggy, caricatured bodies, underscoring humor that often revolves around farts and bad smells; Bug’s teacher, Ms. Munster, is seen bending over when a classmate tricks him into asking her, “Is Uranus the biggest?” Some adults may find the jokes distasteful, but kids will know that Redmond is on their side. Ages 6–9. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/30/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 44, p)
  • Some humor writers have a rule of thumb: always make the jokes funnier than they need to be. This book is much funnier than it needs to be.<br><br>When Bug Blonsky goes skateboarding, he doesn't just let a dog ride on the board with him. There's also a very alarmed-looking frog at the front of the board, sitting in a bowl of cereal to keep damp. "Bug" got his nickname because he's "super wiggly and never sit[s] still" or—according to his sister—because he's "super annoying." He's proud of his superpower and pictures himself in a superhero outfit with bug-eye goggles and four arms. A lot of authors and illustrators would have left off there (the drawing is quite funny), but Redmond tops the joke by listing all Bug's abilities ("Two sets of armpits for twice as many fart sounds"). The book is almost entirely a collection of jokes. The plot can be summed up in seven words: Bug gets in trouble, over and over. The pictures often improve the jokes; they're unpolished but effective. They almost resemble characters from graffiti art, like a much more detailed version of "Kilroy was here." The cast is a largely white one, though Bug's best friend, Louie, is black.<br><br>If the story feels episodic and unresolved, the jokes work, and most of the time, they work twice as well as necessary. <i>(Fiction. 6-9)</i>(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10617068
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Redmond, E. S
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illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
NC1130L
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LC call number
PZ
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boys
  • Schools
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Bug Blonsky and his very long list of don'ts, E. S. Redmond
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
75 pages
Isbn
9780763689353
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
Bug Blonsky and his very long list of don'ts, E. S. Redmond
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
75 pages
Isbn
9780763689353
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations

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