Blog Tour: Bug Zoo

Bug Zoo, Illustrated by Andy Harkness, Words by Lisa Wheeler

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published February 16th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion – Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Series

Source: From the publisher for the blog tour


Ben loves bugs: armored, teeny, leggy, greenie, floaty, wingy, jumpy, springy bugs! After a trip to the city zoo, Ben collects all of the bugs he can find and sets up a bug zoo. He couldn’t be happier–but what about his bugs?

Welcome to my stop along the blog tour for Bug Zoo, hosted by The Irish Banana Review!

I found this treat in the mail just days after visiting the Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum with my 5 year-old.  The timing could not have been better!  We are big into insect talk at my house right now.  The bugs in Bug Zoo look ready to come off the page at times and you can almost feel the texture to the wings, bodies and antennae on the page.  Andy Harkness actually is a Disney Animation artist and so it makes sense that his bugs look like they’re about to take flight.

After a visit to his zoo Ben has the idea to start his own zoo right in his bedroom for his beloved bugs.  I shudder in sympathy for Ben’s mother.  He is one ambitious kid!  I love the variety of bugs he collects and the emotions Harkness can convey on the face of a moth.  This is a book that kids will love most for the pictures, but the message comes through for my preschooler to understand.  We could count bugs, talk about the colors – but then talk about just what might make a moth or a boy feel sad.  

This short and sweet story is a perfect bedtime read.  The fun cadence to the armored, teeny, leggy, greenie etc bugs gets Babycakes reciting along with me for now, but I know she’ll be reading it to me soon!  

My daughter gave this Bug Zoo the highest praise for a 5 year-old: She’s asked me to bring Bug Zoo into school to read to the class.  I think the boys and girls will both love these bugs.  Babycakes also really likes the front and end pages with all kinds of bug catching tips.  I know that as soon as Spring has officially sprung in Chicago we’re going to be outside catching whatever critters live in our yard.

Thank you Disney-Hyperion and Hannah for this copy!

Check out the rest of the blog tour at:

3/7: Reads All the Books

3/8: That Artsy Reader Girl

3/9: Gun In Act One

3/10: Such A Novel Idea

3/11: Reading Is Better With Cupcakes