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Big Bug

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  457 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Big and small are all in the comparisons on this farm.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Little Simon
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Here's a great book for teaching the concept of perception and comparison. Readers first encounter a big bug, but then, when they turn the page, the bug is little compared to the big leaf it is sitting on. This sequence is carried out until it encompasses the big, big sky. What happens next is rather confusing. It seems it should stop there, but the author backs up and begins illustrations of depth perception. The first picture in this sequence is a big tree in the foreground and a little barn i ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it
I know all of my recent picture book reviews are going to make it sound like I'm obsessed with endpapers...well, it's true. I am. First I look at the cover, then I look at the endpapers. And this book does them nicely - the cover shows a ladybug just too big to fit, the front endpapers show dozens of tiny ladybugs, and the back endpapers are a mega-closeup of one, which is perfect for a book about scale. The text is simple enough to be an easy reader, the pictures are lovely - not too soft, not ...more
Heba Badr-El-Din
Feb 14, 2016 Heba Badr-El-Din rated it it was amazing
Big Bug by Henry Cole is a cute and simple story about putting things in perceptive in terms of size. The easily written book allowed for children to comprehend what they are saying. It has simple words on every page with illustrations that perfectly match what is being said such as "big bug, little leaf" and "little barn, big tree" and always going back to the bug and how big or small it is with the larger picture. This similar theme follows throughout the story as we go through objects getting ...more
May 12, 2014 Samantha rated it liked it
An interesting look at perspective as readers move from close-ups on different images to larger images moving ever bigger and bigger before bringing it all back home.

Very cool book for sharing with the PreK-2 crowd. The author/illustrator takes a difficult concept and breaks it down in a creative way.
Jan 28, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Big Bug by Henry Cole is a cute and simple story about comparison. It has simple phrases on each page with perfect illustrations such as "big leaf, little bug" and "little leaf, big flower" as you can still see the little bug in the corner of the page. This similar theme follows throughout the story to bigger and bigger items and then back down to a little bug. A major theme in this book would be size, comparison and that size truly is all relative.

I personally love this book because it can be s
Kathy Gunn
Mar 18, 2015 Kathy Gunn rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Excellent concept book to introduce perception, comparison, or scale. The author begins with a big ladybug and on the next page zooms out to see a large leaf with a small bug. He continues to zoom out to see the big, big sky, and then beautifully zooms back in.

Themes: scale, perception, comparison, farm, size

Ideas: Good read aloud or small group book. Introduce scale and perception, and have students come up with some examples. Have them brainstorm some ideas and then come up with a good e
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This clever book about size uses comparisons to show that an object can be both big and small compared to something else. It starts with a ladybug, with comparisons getting bigger and bigger, and then smaller and smaller again. Objects are sized not just by placing them next to each other, but also by using distance to show how an object that is big can seem to be small compared to an object close up. The illustrations are colorful and clearly and effectively demonstrate the concepts. I like all ...more
Caryn Caldwell
Young readers learn that size is relative as they open this book to see a huge lady bug -- and then, on the next page, learn that the bug isn't so big when compared to the leaf it's sitting on. On each spread the book zooms out more, until all is compared to the big sky. Then back again the pictures go, all the way down to a big dog taking a little nap.

What a wonderful lesson on perspective, not to mention a fun, colorfully-illustrated story! The brief text and bold artwork make it perfect for w
Nov 20, 2014 Jc rated it it was amazing
Big Bug by Henry Cole is a delightful picture book that illustrates scale and perspective. A big bug becomes a little bug when compared to a leaf. The subjects grow bigger and bigger until reaching a soaring view of the sky, and then the reader is brought back in through the farm to the house to the window to the dog napping in a cozy chair. Enjoy it for its masterful illustrations or use it to spark a conversation about size and appearance. Either way, this is a charming picture book that is hi ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Start with a close up of a ladybug in this picture book and then everything is put into perspective. If you step back, the big bug on the first pages is not so big compared to the big leaf it is sitting on. That leaf turns small when seen as just a part of a flower. Then a big dog appears only to be dwarfed by the big cow on the next page. This continues until the reader is looking at the big sky. Then the book reverses and the perspective gets closer and tighter, returning in the end to that sa ...more
Katelyn Patterson
Jan 30, 2016 Katelyn Patterson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
Great picture book for talking about scale and perspective! This would be a great storytime book with some Steve Jenkins titles, maybe Actual Size or Just A Second, for grasping these sometimes difficult concepts with children.

And I love the dust jacket author blurb about Henry Cole.

"Henry Cole grew up in Virginia. Little farm, big family.
He loved to explore. Little boy, big outdoors
He studied hard. Little school, big tests
He taught science. Little kids, big rewards
Now he writes and illustrates.
Aug 19, 2014 Monique rated it really liked it
First impressions of this picture book was that it was about a big bug, as the tile seems to indicate. Instead, it's a terrific book that uses items found on a farm to illustrate the concepts of big and little. First there is the big bug but then it is a small bug in comparison to the big leaf, then a big flower and so on.This would be an excellent work to introduce concepts to toddlers, as well as a great picture book for beginner readers.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Henry Cole shares different sizes and different perspectives. Going from little to big than big to little with animals and objects found around a farm.

A sweet book that can be read aloud or read alone. Children would be able to read this book soon because of the repetition of big and little followed by identifying the objects each picture. A great book for little learners.

Theme: Size

Reviewed from a library copy.
Sep 16, 2014 Cemeread added it
Shelves: children
This book is all about scale and perspective. Just two sparse words are found on each page. Little _____. Big_____. Showing how as the picture or perspective changes the scale changes also. From a close up of a ladybug with big bug to a ladybug on a leaf where it now looks little and the leaf looks big, the story works its way to larger items and then back again. I like the life like illustrations.
Oct 23, 2014 Colette rated it it was amazing
When I moved to Texas, I learned that all things are relative! Including size and distance. The phrase "Down the road a piece" for instance may mean a block or two, or several hundred miles. This book, suitable for laps or classroom viewing takes this same message so that little kids can understand, what looks big, or little may not be when compared to other objects in the vicinity!
May 10, 2014 Kifflie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a beautifully illustrated book about scale -- zooming out from the size of a ladybug to the sky and then back in again. Any young child interested in the concept of size will enjoy this. The ladybug is "big," but not when compared to the size of the leaf it is sitting on; the leaf is dwarfed by a flower, which is dwarfed by a dog...and so on.

The pictures are beautifully rendered as well.
Anna Nesterovich
Aug 24, 2016 Anna Nesterovich rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A cute book trying to help kids understand relative size and perspective with bright pictures and a few words. It doesn't really work - I doubt anything would work other than going outside and actually seeing the effect - but helps in explanation. Four stars for the effort, there are not enough children's books about things adults take for granted.
Becky B
The ladybug looks pretty big at first glance in this book, but then when compared to the leaf, a dog and other things on the farm it shrinks in size.

A great book for compare contrast activities with little ones learning about big and small. The illustrations really make this book work, as they zoom in or out to show things in relation to one another.
Jennifer Lewis
In Big Bug The illustrations are eye catching, you can see the contrast between sizes. The detail within the small items where seen in contrast to the larger items where some detail may have been missed. This would be a great beginner reader book because it has small words and Large print.
Bethany Boutin
Aug 22, 2014 Bethany Boutin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
It's all about perspective: what seems small is actually big to some, and what seems big can actually be small by comparison to something else. Simple wording pairs common objects and creatures with the words "big" and "small" to create a touching story for little ones about sizes and opposites.
Jul 19, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
What a wonderful way to teach perspective to 4-6 year olds! Younger children will enjoy the lovely illustrations that show the difference between big and little. Henry Cole's Big Bug will delight readers over and over in a story time venue,at home or in school. Great for ages 3-8.
May 05, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Age: Preschool
Concept Skill: Perspective size

Cole provides a perfect visual representation of sizes and how something can seem big until it is placed next to something small. He then works the size comparison in reverse, allowing the brain to see it from two different sequences.
I liked the premise of this book, especially for a very young audience. It discusses the difference between big and small in relativity to other things. The pictures are great, and it would be especially good to read one-on-one with a child instead of a big group.
Nov 11, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
An interesting read about how the size of things depends on what you compare it to. My kid laughed every time I turned the page. It seems he finds it funny that something big on one page can be so small on the next, or something big can seem so small.
Elaine Bearden
May 01, 2014 Elaine Bearden rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
Pretty clever, nicely illustrated for storytime book. Almost as good as Laura Vacarro Seeger's work, though I don't know that the circle is as tight as Seeger's. Still worth storytime. This would go well with Circus 1-2-3 by Guido van Genechten.
Rebecca Plaza
Oct 22, 2014 Rebecca Plaza rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly conveyed concept of big and little! Preschool teachers, families could spend the whole day talking and exploring our daily surroundings this way. 'little key, big car-little car, big rig,'etc. Great stuff.
perspective, Scale, size.
Jul 21, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it
A simple but really effective treatise on relative size throws in a couple example of size as it relates to perspective. The refreshing lack of exposition gives parents lots of room to discuss what's going on in each boldly illustrated spread.
May 17, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Used in storytime (family tales and with preschoolers) -- talked about big & little, opposites, etc. Would also be good with What's Up? What's Down? as it also changes perspective, going from close up all the way to the sky and then back down.
May 15, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: preschool, concept
It's a book about scale. Starting with a picture of big lady bug and then showing the same lady bug as a little bug on a big leaf, continuing until it reaches the big sky and then scaling back down again. Great for teaching relational size.
Jul 11, 2014 Margie rated it really liked it
Big Bug written and illustrated by Henry Cole is brilliant in its simple portrayal of scale. Not only does it introduce readers to this concept but encourages them to make their own observations in their own settings.

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Per back cover: He is a dandy dresser, but he does need to don his dentures when dining out. Illustrated many books for children. He lives in Virginia.
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