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. 😉
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-
(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+.
Learn more about the Tiny Twisted Tales HERE.