Mr. Mosquito Put on His Tuxedo
by Barbara Olenyik Morrow; illustrated by Ponder Goembel; Holiday House, 2009. $16.95; reading level: ages 6-9.
When Mr. Mosquito puts on his tuxedo, arrives at a ball hosted by Queen Bee, and greets the other guests (gnats, lice, and fleas to name a few) he never suspects his particular talent will make him a decorated hero. “[F]rom off in the distance arose a great racket./GASP! Louder and louder it grew./All the ladybugs shrieked. Fifty fireflies freaked./A cricket collapsed and turned blue.” A pesky bear threatens the festivities, and Mr. Mosquito springs into action. He summons his kinfolk, barks out a command (“Are you ready? Get set. Go annoy!!!!”) and, with great panache, drives the intruder away. The cast of bugs is meticulously rendered in colored ink with acrylic wash. The squeamish will squirm and the rest will love it! Finally, the lowly mosquito is given a voice.
Mr. Mosquito Put On His Tuxedo was recently purchased at The Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore by Connie