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Children's Nonfiction Humorous

The Bug House Family Restaurant

by (author) Beverley Brenna

illustrated by Marc Mongeau

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2014
Humorous, Insects, Spiders, etc., Cooking & Food
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2014
    List Price

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The Bug House Family Restaurant serves up a delightful platter of poems featuring all kinds of creepy crawlers prepared by the finest chefs. Try our mosquito steak and order a Centipede-Ade to wash it down. How about our chocolate-covered ants for dessert?

About the authors

Beverley Brenna is known for her warm, funny family stories that capture the essence of childhood and champion diversity. Her awards include an international Dolly Gray Award, a Printz Honor Book Award, and a shortlisting for the 2013 Governor General’s Award. Wild Orchid, the title book in a trilogy about a young woman on the Autism Spectrum, is currently listed on CBC’s “100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. Bev is a professor in Curriculum Studies at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, where she teaches English Language Arts subject matter to preservice and inservice teachers. Much of Bev’s writing seeks to fill in gaps in the field of available books, and she considers voices rarely heard in children’s literature. Bev’s many years as a classroom and special education teacher offer her a clear picture of school landscapes, children, and childhood, and the years she spent at home co-parenting three sons continue to inspire new characters and themes.

Beverley Brenna's profile page

MARC MONGEAU is an award-winning graphic artist and illustrator.

Marc Mongeau's profile page

Excerpt: The Bug House Family Restaurant (by (author) Beverley Brenna; illustrated by Marc Mongeau)

If you think you’re going buggy eating burgers and fries
Same old ice-cream, same old pies…
We’ll seat you, and we’ll treat you to wild cuisine!
We’ve the best bug platters you’ve ever seen!
If you crave a beetle, an ant or a fly,
The Bug House is the place that’ll satisfy.

Editorial Reviews

"[Mongeau's] illustrations help evoke the imagination and may elicit a few 'eeeeewwwws' and lots of laughs...Ths book would be excellent to use in a classroom as the content is engaging and offers a variety of examples of what a poem can look like.Hihly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"The illustrations are as zany as the poems and will delight readers and listeners."

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"Brenna’s lyrics are short, regular of meter and rhyme scheme and more easily digestible than most of the food...Tasty and, as bugs show signs of becoming even more common menu items in the near future, timely too."

Kirkus Reviews

"Brenna has written a hilarious book of poetry...Mongeau adds to the fun of the book with humorous black-and white illustrations."

Winnipeg Free Press

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