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5 to 9
K to 4
Trim Size:
10" x 8.5"
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-204-0
Full-color illustrations
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Award-winning poet David L. Harrison takes a humorous look at the perennially kid-friendly topic of bugs in this unique poetry collection about an entire school just for creepy crawlies.

Termites, stinkbugs, gnats, and more insects galore attend the Crawly School for Bugs, where a mosquito nurse always wants to draw blood, noisy crickets take classes in “How to Be Annoying,” and the Golden Rule is “never eat a friend at school.” Julie Bayless’s delightful illustrations hilariously portray these buzzy students and provide the perfect match for the clever, funny poems. Here is a winning combination for poetry fans and bug enthusiasts alike.


“Twenty lighthearted poems imagine the goings-on at insect school. Graceful and humorous, these short poems allude to typical behaviors. With deftly constructed rhyme and rhythm patterns, lively language, and alliteration, his poems have immediate appeal. They're splendidly matched by whimsical cartoons that reward a second look. A cheerful way to make a connection with the natural world.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Writing in rhyme, Harrison imagines a day at a school for insects…Using both traditional and digital media, Bayless offers comedic scenes of anthropomorphic insects decked out in clothes with room for all of their arms. Readers’ school days will look downright dull by comparison.” –Publishers Weekly    

“Peppy color illustrations and amusing verse combine in this entertaining collection. The lively rhymes nicely complement the delightful, animated multimedia art… with witty, scrutiny-inviting details. (K)ids… will…enjoy the references and humor.” – Booklist  

“Poetry and bugs are brought together in this humorously wacky book. This collection will delight young readers and teachers who are in need of entertaining ways to introduce students to poetry. The illustrations match the poems perfectly…for poetry units wherever humor is in demand.” –School Library Journal  

“Readers won’t have to call an exterminator when they open this collection of bug-filled poems. Though the creepy crawlies on the pages have lots of legs and beady eyes, they cheerily share their wisdom through sweet and silly rhymes. Stink bugs, termites, horse flies, and ticks are brought to life in watercolor, ink, and colored pencil illustrations. The traditional meets comic book blended format offers readers a unique visual experience. Not only does this book bring a bunch of chuckles, it would make an entertaining read aloud and serve well as a mentor text for teaching various poetic devices.” – School Library Connection

Meet the Author

David L. Harrison

David L. Harrison has published ninety-three books including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for young readers and educational books for teachers. He is poet laureate of Drury University and David Harrison Elementary School is named for him. His work has been anthologized in more than 185 books, translated into twelve languages, sandblasted into a library sidewalk, painted on a bookmobile, and presented on television, radio, podcast, and video stream. David has given keynote talks, college commencement addresses, and been featured at hundreds of conferences, workshops, literature festivals, and schools across America. He holds science degrees from Drury and Emory universities. Two universities have presented him with honorary doctorates of letters. Among dozens of awards, David’s poetry collection, Pirates, represented Missouri at the 2013 National Book Fair in Washington, D.C. The Society of Midland Authors honored his most recent book of poetry, Now You See Them, Now You Don’t, with its Children’s Nonfiction Literary Award for books published in 2016. David lives with his wife, Sandy, in Springfield, Missouri. See more at . His blog is .      

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Julie Bayless

Julie Bayless is the author and illustrator of Roar! She graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Animation/Illustration and is a member of the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Hayward, California. Visit

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