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Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses

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Put an ear to the ground for the clicking, popping, snapping music of this garden grown wild. In verse as witty as it is buggy, Kurt Cyrus conducts a chirruping chorus of voices great and small. From a stinkbug trying (and failing) to hide itself to a cicada's struggle to escape its own skin to an ant's marathon dinner march and a frog's identity crisis, here is a garden t ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Dolly
Nov 26, 2009 Dolly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Our girls love insects and other creepy crawly critters, so I figured this would be a good book for them. It is fantastic! The poems are funny, witty and teach about the critters in a very subtle way. The illustrations are fantastic and we would spend minutes on each page, pointing out the various creatures and laughing at their antics. Taking place in the remains of a garden, with leftover produce rotting as the Fall turns cold, each page is a separate look into the microcosm of life that exist ...more
Lynn
Apr 25, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-nf, poetry
Who knew so much is going on in the backyard garden? This invites close reading as the reader gets a very up close look at creatures among the rotting leftovers.
The voice changes, sometimes talking at the creatures, sometimes the creatures are talking. This could be tough for younger readers to follow. Although each page focuses on a different creature, there are no headings, giving the impression that we are reading through the book, rather than being able to read a poem here and there.
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Janet Squires
Feb 15, 2016 Janet Squires rated it really liked it
Delicate flowers and tasty veggies aren't the focus of this poetry collection. No, it's the weird and wonderful garden critters - from beetles to snakes - that scurry and slither through these pages in meticulous illustrations and poetic lines. This is an invitation to read a portion and encourage children to try and guess the subject: "Sliding softly, here and gone,/ A belly with a head stuck on."
Angie
Jan 29, 2011 Angie rated it liked it
This collection of poems describes insects in a garden throughout the seasons. Children will enjoy the gross elements of the bugs in the poems. They will also laugh at the antics of the snail race and the ants as they crawl across the pages. The words of the poems are integrated into the lush illustrations creating a sense of movement as you follow the words through the vegetation.
Shawn
Mar 20, 2008 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I liked the ants' comments(poem) moving from page to page, bumping heads. Boink!

The book as a whole was a bit confusing to follow. Some poem/stories follow from page to page, but sometimes get lost.

Emily
May 28, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
Great fun for kids and adults, especially at this time of year when the creepies are beginning to crawl.
Kristina
Nov 03, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
I think that this a good and informative book about bugs. my 3 kids enjoyed this book a lot. it was a little long to read out loud though. I would recommend this book to others.
Jim Sibigtroth
Aug 23, 2015 Jim Sibigtroth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud-1st
The rhyming story of creepy crawly worms and bugs from the time they start to wake in spring until they hide away in the fall. Excellent illustrations. I read this aloud to 1st graders
Michelle
Oct 12, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
great poetry for boys who like icky garden bugs!
Shelley
May 02, 2016 Shelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, age-6, animals
Great funny kids poetry book about insects in the garden loved the side note ant talk that happened on some of the pictures
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Vivid, detailed, informative illustrations accompany humorous, well-written poems that tell interconnected short tales along a journey through a garden. Fun for kids 3+.
Greta
Oct 13, 2008 Greta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Wonderful!
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