Roberto the Insect Architect

PB&J is back to bug you with one of our favorite books, Roberto the Insect Architect. Publishers Weekly: “This good-natured tale, whose striking collages incorporate wood products and city photographs, introduces a termite who ‘went against the grain . . . Roberto didn’t eat his food. He played with it.’ While other termites picnic on ‘wood chips’ and shotgun shacks, Roberto yearns to build. He also exhibits a philanthropic streak. His first project is a neighborhood for homeless bugs, including a fireproof stone dwelling for a ladybug whose first house, per the nursery rhyme, burned down. Nina Laden (When Pigasso Met Mootisse) wittily imagines a termite with a social conscience, one who ensures that bedbugs have ‘their very own beds.’ She incorporates woodworking tools into her bug-themed spreads and creates furniture from carefully cropped pieces of cork and veneer. Ant-like Roberto hunches over a mahogany-brown drafting table, busily drawing blueprints for a milk-carton shelter and a conical hive with neat circular windows. Even if children don’t get the gags about Hank Floyd Mite (seated at a Guggenheim-shaped desk with a sketch of Fallingwater) and Fleas Van Der Rohe, nonstop insect quips and humorous bug house illustrations keep this book buzzing along.” Giggle factor: higher for adults than children, but don’t let that deter you. Adult enjoyment: high. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on September 24, 2011.

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