The Bug Collector

The Bug Collector

By:  Alex G. Griffiths
Alex G. Griffiths

9781541596344
$25.99 Hardback
 2020/04/07
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Andersen Press USA

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9.5 X 11.0 in
32 pg



JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)

"One Saturday, Grandad takes George to the Museum of Natural History, and boy howdy does it blow the kid's mind. They make a beeline to 'Insect World,' where entomological wonders (Grandad's favorite!) are on display. Afterwards, George gets the bug and begins collecting every flying or crawling critter he can. Cartoonish illustrations show George cavorting about his backyard with a butterfly net, rigging clever traps. Soon he has a massive collection of jarred and bottled insects, which—while beautiful—seem distinctly sad about their new digs. The droopy butterfly wearing an even droopier frown says it all. The next day, 'everywhere was dull and sad' without the buzz of bugs, and Grandad explains how these creatures have important jobs to do in nature and shouldn't be kept in jars. Griffiths delightfully captures George's enthusiasm while delivering a gentle lesson in environmental stewardship. The 'bug garden' George and Grandad plant is a much friendlier alternative to collecting, one that can be easily implemented by readers wishing to support their local pollinators."—BooklistJournal


After George visits the Museum of Wildlife with Grandad, all he can think about is bugs! The very next day he goes out hunting, but he soon finds there are no more insects left in the garden, and the ones he has captured in jars don't look very happy. George is about to learn exactly why bugs are so important. This is a brilliant, vibrant debut from Alex G. Griffiths.

Alex G. Griffiths is a self-proclaimed drawing addict with a love for scuba diving and snowboarding. Alex lives in Canada with his wife Anna, who is a primary school teacher.


Alex G. Griffiths is a self-proclaimed drawing addict with a love for scuba diving and snowboarding. Alex lives in St. Albans, England with his wife Anna.