Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs (Hardcover)
A nonfiction picture book of poetry about fascinating insects with accompanying facts, notes, and illustrations by the Caldecott-winning Melissa Sweet.
Pray tell us, Mr. Mantis,
Do you pray or simply prey?
Do you scout about for victims
Or fold your hands all day?
In addition to the playful rhyming poems, the supplementary text highlights surprising facts about bugs of all kinds—from familiar ants to exotic dragonflies, cringe-worthy ticks and magnificent fireflies. Melissa Sweet’s collage-inspired mixed-media illustrations beautifully render these creatures and compliment the poems’ whimsical tones. This is an enchanting and informative look at a perennial topic of interest for kids—cool bugs!
A Christy Ottaviano Book
Melissa Sweet has illustrated many books for children, including Charlotte in Giverny. She lives in Rockport, Maine.
An NCTE Notable Poetry Book
A Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee
A Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award Masterlist Selection
A 2018 Kansas Notable Book
"A welcome balance of lilting poetry and informational text boxes set to Sweet’s eye-catching collage illustrations, Murray’s narrative is designed to reach a broad range of young readers. . . . An approachable poetry collection on a genial topic, chock-full of visual delights."--Booklist
Murray skillfully uses line breaks and meter to bring her subjects to life. . .Sweet’s colorful collage illustrations incorporate scraps of yellowed pages from old entomological journals . . . A friendly package that should draw in even bug-phobic readers, providing a non threatening entree into the insect world."--The Horn Book
"Sweet’s illustrations—with their graceful lines, luminous colors, and sly wit—delight throughout, offering delicious moments"--Publishers Weekly
"Bouncy little poems skitter across the illustrated pages as Murray celebrates bugs, from walking sticks to dung beetles. Sprightly, simple, and with a nice soupcon of information; a fine choice."-School Library Journal
"A lighthearted treasury. . . the poems are clever and humorous . . .Happy-go-lucky fun with words, collage, and a smattering of facts about bugs."-Kirkus Reviews
"Sweet's familiar blend of delicacy and quirky character . . . is perfect for rendering the familiar insects strange yet somehow cozy. . . A tuneful entry in an early insect curriculum."--The Bulletin