March 2012

The Icky Bug Counting Book

While cleaning out our many bookshelves last week, I ran across a book called The Icky Bug Counting Book. I have no idea where it came from; at first I thought it was a book my parents had purchased my daughter at a book fair, but it was written in 1992, so I now think it must have been in one of our many “bargain book” purchases, or big boxes of books that we buy at yard sales now and then for a few dollars.

If you have a bug lover on your hands, Jerry Pallotta’s book is definitely for you. It’s a counting book, sure; it starts at zero and goes all of the way up to 26 (Pallotta tells you why on the last page in a sort of riddle, which is fun). But it’s much more than that. It’s a book that actually tells you lots of cool facts about each insect that it counts, which will surely be fascinating for your young entomologist.