Sunday, January 15, 2006

I'm a Pill Bug

Well, not really...but the subject of an enchanting new picture book by Yukihisa Tokuda is.

Yukihisa Tokuda's I'm a Pill Bug (illustrated by Kiyoshi Takahashi and published by Kane/Miller) describes the life of the little noticed pill bug. We learn what a pill bug does every day, what it eats, where it lives and why. And, for the five-year-old audience especially we learn, "Our appetite is huge. We can eat leaves as big as this. As soon as we eat, we poop (lots and lots of square-shaped poop)."

I'm a Pill Bug is a wonderful picture book for the young and reluctant scientist. You learn all about the ever-present pill bug in a clear, entertaining format. (It eats its own shell, for example.) Takahashi's illustrations are clean, simple, and attractive to the young reader. A highly recommended read for home and the classroom.