Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs

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Henry Holt & Company
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11.3 X 0.4 X 9.2 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Carol Murray is a poet and the author of a number of books for young readers, including ABC Art Riddles. A former English and speech teacher, she lives in Kansas. Melissa Sweet is the award-winning illustrator of nearly 100 books for young readers. Her work has garnered many honors and awards, including two Caldecott Honor Medals and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations. She lives in Maine.


An NCTE Notable Poetry Book
A Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee
A Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award Masterlist Selection
A 2018 Kansas Notable Book

"A welcome balance of lilting poetry and informational text boxes set to Sweet's eye-catching collage illustrations, Murray's narrative is designed to reach a broad range of young readers. . . . An approachable poetry collection on a genial topic, chock-full of visual delights."--Booklist

Murray skillfully uses line breaks and meter to bring her subjects to life. . .Sweet's colorful collage illustrations incorporate scraps of yellowed pages from old entomological journals . . . A friendly package that should draw in even bug-phobic readers, providing a non threatening entree into the insect world."--The Horn Book

"Sweet's illustrations--with their graceful lines, luminous colors, and sly wit--delight throughout, offering delicious moments"--Publishers Weekly

"Bouncy little poems skitter across the illustrated pages as Murray celebrates bugs, from walking sticks to dung beetles. Sprightly, simple, and with a nice soupcon of information; a fine choice."-School Library Journal

"A lighthearted treasury. . . the poems are clever and humorous . . .Happy-go-lucky fun with words, collage, and a smattering of facts about bugs."-Kirkus Reviews

"Sweet's familiar blend of delicacy and quirky character . . . is perfect for rendering the familiar insects strange yet somehow cozy. . . A tuneful entry in an early insect curriculum."--The Bulletin