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Bug Boys

(Bug Boys #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  369 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Join two bug friends as they learn about the science of the world around them and the meaning of friendship in this early graphic novel series perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly!

Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Random House Graphic
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Kayla Miller
Sweet, episodic stories about two little beetles growing up and trying to understand the world around them.

While the stories may appear simple, there are deeper themes below the surface. The characters deal with anxiety, spirituality, and complex interpersonal conflicts while on their adventures.

I think this would be a good recommendation for the little kid in your life who seems wise beyond their years.
I read this aloud with my six year old son. The art is fantastic, charming, and at times weird. I thought it was going to be a story of a couple bugs on a treasure hunt, but it turned out to be a Ray Bradbury-esque portrait via vignettes of childhood summer. The titular bug boys get up to some mischief, they get into fights with each other and make up, they experience anxiety and what I'm pretty sure was a mushroom-induced drug trip that opened their minds up to arcane symbols hidden in the land ...more
Mari Johnston
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

At first glance, Bug Boys seems like nothing more than the adventures that two best friends find themselves going on – but it’s so much more. Laura Knetzger did an incredible job of capturing the fears and uncertainties that kids feel and having Stag-B and Rhino-B work through them.

The first thing I thought of when I saw Bug Boys was how much the art style reminded me of Adventure Time. After finishing the graphic novel an
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
The art is consistently lovely but stories veer wildly from one-joke slice of life tales to meditations on war and existential dread. The underground story feels like it's from a different book and a drawn as a trippy, glowing metaphor for...something, ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many stories contained in one book, each a sweet lesson. Stories about relationships, the earth, and how termites are actual terrors to bees (it’s true! This book caused me to confirm). RHKG slays it once again.
Krista Regester
Cute fact: “Bug Boys was made with pen and ink on Bristol board and Photoshop.”
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book about two young beetles who are best friends and like to meander around their garden. Kind of cute, made for younger kids and has simple reading. It just doesn’t mean anything b
Juli Anna
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, kidlit
Not going to lie, this a pretty weird little collection of graphic stories. The adventures are simple, the dialogue is awkward, and the characters are all bugs. But the sweet sensitivity of the protagonists and their idyllic insect town are truly charming and the illustrations (especially the color work!) are spot-on. There's also a subtly wry humor throughout that I enjoyed. ...more
Mortisha Cassavetes
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I won an ARC of this book and want to thank the author and Random House for this amazing graphic novel. It will release in February of 2020. I really loved it. The story follows Rhino-B and Stag-B, two little bugs that are best friends. They go on lots of adventures and even get into a little mischief. They love to explore and find treasures in their Bug Village and where ever the treasure maps take them. I really loved the bright and colorful illustrations and highly recommend this cute graphic ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in love with these beetle BFFs! Rhino-B, Stag-B, and all of their friends had me smiling, laughing, and relating to their wit and emotions. I didn't want their adventures to end! Bug Boys would make a fantastic TV show-- the panels practically feel animated themselves. Readers of all ages are sure to become absorbed in these cheerful insect buddies. ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read her self-published Bug Boys and loved it and was excited (and surprised) to see a big Publisher get ahold of her. Bug Boys is a normal story about two beetles who are friends and the various adventures they go on until it's not, and then it's a bizarre psychedelic incomprehensible metaphysical commentary on all of that. And then it goes back to being about bugs and friends. It's definitely off the beaten track and I LOVe the fact the children's comics has become mainstream enough that a p ...more
Jenna D.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely! Charming! Insightful! Go ahead and get this unusual graphic novel for the kids, but first you have to read it for yourself. This deceptively intelligent tale of two beetle friends and their bug buddies will have you laughing on one page, then thinking deep, philosophical thoughts the next. The lessons learned will delight you and warm your heart. Get ready to fall in love.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This was really cute!
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very sweet, and surprisingly deep.
Sharae RaetheReader
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very cute. Very wholesome (which is very much needed right now)beautifully illustrated and so many deep messages and life lessons packed into such a light middle grade graphic novel. Love it. Without a doubt reading the sequel.
Jeff D'Elia
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bug Boys is ADORBS! It seriously warmed my heart the whole way through thanks to it's fun art style, pleasing pastel colors, and characters with cute, simple designs with a lot of depth to their personalities. The main characters are so relatable and balance human feelings with bug-like problems (i.e. crying over hurting each others feelings, but being able to wrestle any bully down with their strong mandibles)! Some chapters that hit me right in the FEELS were BUGNAPPED, THE INSECTS LIBRARY, an ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, graphic-novels, 2019
Thank you to Random House Graphic for the ARC!

This was a very cute book, and I loved the art. Laura Knetzger was a storyboard artist for Adventure Time, and I can definitely see similarities between her style and the show.

I only gave this three stars because the short chapters and varying storylines were a little jarring for me. It felt like some of the stories were over before they really got going. However, this could be a definite plus for a reluctant reader, or a kid with a shorter attentio
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a strange but adorable graphic novel for kids. The vocabulary was suitable for my 7 year old but the stories could be disjointed at times and some themes were rather deep. I'm sure some of the discussion around war and existential dread (really!) went over her head, but weren't done in an overly scary way. We read this one together rather than her reading it independently (this is listed as a "middle grade" book, a little above her level).

I enjoyed the humor, adorable characters, and st
Nov 06, 2019 added it
Delightful little stories! I love the characters Rhino-B and Stag-B, and all of their friends. The stories within the book are all really short, so even a 2nd or 3rd grader could probable read fairly easily. Older kids will enjoy it, as well. The bugs and insects in the book have lots of adventures and pretty much behave as kids do in real life. I think children will enjoy their antics. Written graphic novel style, the illustrations were wonderful and the type large enough for younger readers to ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am always looking for early grade graphic novels to offer to younger readers. This adorable book about friendship in the insect world perfectly fits the bill. Rhino-B and Stag-B are beetles and best friends. Each short chapter is a new adventure, involving a rotating cast of characters, including Dome Spider, who is a librarian, a hive of bees, and a mound of termites. Gentle humor throughout, with nods to genuine insect behavior, and including a few wild, psychedelic moments. The journey down ...more
Jeffrey Canino
Knetzger's mite-sized episodes in the harmonious communal life of a group of bugs are equal parts adorable and profound. The adventures of best friends/roommates Stag-B and Rhino-B and their assorted insect pals all have kid-friendly points of entry: a day at the beach, a tree-climbing contest, a trip into a scary cave, etc. But these segments of insect life regularly slip into a philosophical mood in-between all of the breezy mirth and light educational content. Whether presenting arguments for ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Stag-B is a calm but smart adventurer while Rhino-B is a sweet person but self-assertive. The two young beetles are best friends and make up the Bug Boys. They spend their time exploring Bug Village and the surrounding areas.  Together the duo goes on adventures to save their village honey supply, travel through caves, and work with a bookish spider. What new adventure will the Bug Boys embark on?

The graphic novel was a cute read about friendship and coming of age. The two beetles were a fun tre
Michelle Tuite
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Reading 2020
Book 40: Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger

Found this on a list of must read graphic novels for 2020, this was published in February. Yes, I know it is a graphic novel.

The bug boys go on lots of adventures in this book. They are put through many challenges that friends face, and they learn all about the world around them. My favorite is the library chapter.

This is a cute graphic novel, and it will be a series. Reviewed for ages 7-10 and grades 3-5. I found it just a bit choppy since the chap
Ridiculously charming with its own little bug-lore, adorable artwork, and pleasing color palette. The two main characters are innocent sweetie-pies.

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, and it manages to covertly sneak in some “life lessons,” like, communication and peace is good, and, sometimes, your friends will change, or what’s a cage to you might be someone else’s home (there’s even a random drug-trip scene with special mushrooms). Sometimes, the beetle boys got philosophical. Also, D
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel was a great adventure. The story was easy to read and follow and the artwork was great. I finished this book in about an hour and I really want to read it again. The age group 7-10 was good but I think that older kids like my sister who is almost 13 would like this one to. I really liked that at the end of the book there are pages to learn to draw the bug boys. That was really cool!!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Come here for jumps – which is most appropriate, I guess, as it concerns two insects. Half-arsed stories from someone's web comic show the bugs find treasure, do this, do that, have a bug mitzvah, and so on. And it's all poor – the stories jump errantly from one place to the next, images have the characters in multiple frames at multiple scales within the same set of gutters, and it's just all over the shop. Not visually attractive at all, and not recommended. ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
So. Strange.
So. Uneven.

Some lovely sentiments.
p. 91: "We'll just focus on each day. Don't worry. ... The Earth is big and life is long. Just appreciate where you are now."

p. 148: "I think all bugs deserve sunlight and friends ... and to eat good things ... and to sleep in on Saturday. To be basically happy."

But the "In the Dark" segment completely threw me, and I'm not sure that I would buy for my collection.
Mariana Calderon
BUG BOYS is a delightful collection of comic vignettes, perfect for readers needing a bite-sized story at a time, daydreamers, and bug-lovers. Easy to enjoy and deceptively simple in scale, the stories actually contain complex but enjoyable musings about friendship, communication, and finding one's place in the world. ...more
Raven Black
Aug 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The spiritual aspects and the growth from there I could have handled, but writing is stiff; the characters uninteresting and the "drug induced trip" at the end was down right creepy and well over the top. The modern characters attitude (boys cry, etc) gets lost with utter nonsense storylines. The artwork is awkward and flat. ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute book with lots of sweet bug stories. The friendship between the main beetles is well written and overall its a great book. I found a few of the stories to be a little vague and wish there was just a bit more detail but they were still well thought out and a joy to read. I also liked the bug facts in the back of the book.
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