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Big Surprise in the Bug Tank

by Ruth Horowitz
Illustrated by Joan Holub

Published by Dial (Easy-to-Read), 2005
48 pages
ISBN: 0-8037-2874-3

Ages 4-7

What could be cooler than having a scientist mom who studies bugs? Bringing those bugs home, of course, which is just what Sam and Leo do with their favorite giant hissing cockroaches, Lumpy and Buzz. Soon Lumpy and Buzz are the proud parents of six baby cockroaches, and the boys must do some creative problem-solving before they are overrun with bugs. Despite their best efforts, Sam and Leo donít find many willing to open their homes to adopted roaches. With a little coaching from Mom, they discover the solution to their problem in a library book: by identifying and separating males and females, they pull the plug on the population explosion. This humorous story is a perfect match for newly independent readers with an entomological inclination, or any child who canít resist big bugs. Sam and Leoís enthusiasm for their unique pets is contagious, and the underlying message of combining research with ingenuity is a welcome one. (MVL)©2005 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center

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