Stuart the Bug Eating Man by Calvin Innes

20 Mar

Before I get to today’s review, I want to tell everyone to go visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and vote for their favorite spring-time story in her “The In Just Spring” story contest”! The finalists are HERE to vote on. There were a lot of great entries! I am honored to mention that my story (Spring Schming) got an honorable mention. πŸ˜‰


Tiny Twisted Tales: Stuart the Bug Eating Man

By Calvin Innes

69 pages – Ages 7+

Published by My Little Big Town on December 7, 2012

Stuart liked eating bugs. The squirmier the better. Sadly, his family didn’t share his unusual taste. His wife wanted him to get a job but Stuart didn’t know what to do. He never went to school and he has no talent other than eating bugs. Stuart finally realizes that being himself and doing what he likes is the perfect answer (even if it is kind of gross).

I am not a fan of gross-out books, but somewhere in all the bug-eating in this book is a nice message about believing in yourself. There are illustrations on each page of bugs or Stuart eating bugs (**shiver**) that went well with the story. The number of words on a page is small and I think younger kids and reluctant readers would love this book. The story is told in simple rhyme that doesn’t always flow the best, but is fun to read. The message of believing in yourself no matter what others think, is a good one. This is a great book for boys! “Stuart the Bug Eating Man” is part of a series called the “Tiny Twisted Tales” series, where each book can stand alone and be read out of order. The other titles in the series are-

Pale Henry

(about a kid who is afraid to go outside)palehenry



(about an 8-year-old werewolf hunter)


All the books in the series are about whacky/odd characters, but they also have a nice message in each book too. I recommend these books to kids 7+.

I give Stuart the Bug Eating Man 4/5 book worms (and I hope Stuart doesn’t eat them)!fourbooks

Learn more about the Tiny Twisted Tales HERE.

38 Responses to “Stuart the Bug Eating Man by Calvin Innes”

  1. jama March 20, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Okay, bugs aren’t part of my normal diet, but sometimes I like a twisted tale or two. Believing in yourself is an important message, and I guess it takes all kinds to make a world. Keep an eye on your bookworms. πŸ˜‰


  2. PragmaticMom March 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Sounds like a great series for boys who don’t like to read as much as you do Erik!


  3. julie rowan zoch March 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I like the covers – even if the man eating, ugh, I can’t, gonna be si..uuhhhh. Later!


  4. Catherine Johnson March 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Another one Matthew would love. Thanks, Erik.


  5. Genevieve Petrillo March 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Stuart can be my best friend. I also love eating bugs. Mom says, “Oh no you didn’t!” But oh yes I did!!!

    Love and licks,


  6. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog March 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    These books sound interesting! I like that they will appeal to reluctant readers and that they have a good message. These are new to me- so thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚


  7. Patricia Tilton March 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    I know some kids like really gross books and this certainly fits the bill. Makes me think of “Survivor.” I wondered where the story was going and thought he might come with the idea of dipping them in chocolate and opening a business. But, it has a nice message and that’s what counts. πŸ™‚


  8. Patricia Tilton March 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Oh, and congratulations on your honorable mention for your story! It was very clever.


  9. readingwithrhythm March 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Bugs are not really my thing. Nasty. But it looks like a cute book nonetheless. And I trust your reviews. So I might recommend this one to some dirty barefoot boys I know.


  10. Joanna March 21, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    I love icky stuff and bugs. Great find, Erik.


  11. colonialist March 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Boys love a good yuck factor! The only thing that seems a pity, from your description, is that the rhymes don’t have a regular meter (like Dr Seuss). In my view this is important for young people to pick up thoroughly, so that they can progress to broken rhythms later with full understanding.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      Yes, and the rhymes don’t rhyme that well either, but I think young kids will love it! πŸ˜€


  12. colonialist March 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Oh, and congrats on the mention!


  13. ontheplumtree March 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Love odd characters. Sounds like fun, and well done for your Spring story.


  14. Michelle Isenhoff March 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Henry on the cover bears a striking resemblance to my father-in-law, lol! He did eat bugs in the air force survival camp, but they’re not a regular part of his diet. πŸ™‚


  15. Laura Anne Miller March 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Okay, I’m a girl, I can say this….Ewwwwwwww….gross…gross….gross…..I’m going to need to over indulge now in puff pastries, peeps and sugar cookies to recover! LOL I guess there is a book for everyone’s…uh….taste. Thanks for sharing, Erik, I think.


  16. K.L. Pickett March 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I love bugs – but only to study them, not eat them! Sounds like an interesting story.


  17. Susanna Leonard Hill March 22, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    I can’t say I’m wild about the idea of eating bugs, but the book sounds like fun πŸ™‚ Thanks for the voting shout-out, Erik!


  18. Myra GB March 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Hi there Erik, I’d try to find at least one of the books from this series – seems perfect for our oddballs and misfits bimonthly theme. πŸ™‚


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