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Big Bug

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  366 ratings  ·  101 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
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
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.
Kathy Gunn
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
Bethany Boutin
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

My full review:
Christine Turner
Size is relative, but everything is worth seeing in this concept book from the illustrator of And Tango Makes Three . Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a "big" ladybug, this book artfully depicts the concept of scale. The book zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, all the way to the end where an adorable dog is taking a "little" nap. In this ideal ...more
Little bug in a big world, or is it a big bug in a small world? An interesting look at perspective for very young readers, the pictures show how perspective, one thing compared to another, can change. The illustrations are lovely.
This deceptively simple picture book is like using a sweetly illustrated version of Google Earth to peek at a bucolic locale at both a micro & macro level. The text is very basic, which lets the artwork shine. I was charmed.
Ruth Anne
Big bug is big until you see how small he is on the leaf. This book will help introduce perspective and point of view for the youngest readers who will enjoy going over the colorful illustrations again and again.
It's all a matter of perspective in this elegantly simple beautiful picture book. Going from the "big bug" (a ladybug up close) to the blue sky and back down again, big and little are contrasted again and again.
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Henrico Youth Boo...: Big Bug - Henry Cole 1 4 Oct 29, 2014 05:01AM  
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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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