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BEETLE MCGRADY EATS BUGS Megan McDonald The debut of an exuberant new picture book character from the best–selling author of the Judy Moody series. Beetle McGrady dreams of being an explorer like Marco Polo or a pioneer like Amelia Earhart. She dreams of being brave and daring, and she will begin by ... eating an ant. It's dare double dare on the school playground, but will Be BEETLE MCGRADY EATS BUGS Megan McDonald The debut of an exuberant new picture book character from the best–selling author of the Judy Moody series. Beetle McGrady dreams of being an explorer like Marco Polo or a pioneer like Amelia Earhart. She dreams of being brave and daring, and she will begin by ... eating an ant. It's dare double dare on the school playground, but will Beetle be able to live up to her dreams? Face to face –– or Beetle to ant –– will she be able to bite and chew and ... swallow? Gulp! If she does, what will the ant taste like? If she does, will the ant be crunchy or squishy? And if she can't, does that mean she's a chicken?


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BEETLE MCGRADY EATS BUGS Megan McDonald The debut of an exuberant new picture book character from the best–selling author of the Judy Moody series. Beetle McGrady dreams of being an explorer like Marco Polo or a pioneer like Amelia Earhart. She dreams of being brave and daring, and she will begin by ... eating an ant. It's dare double dare on the school playground, but will Be BEETLE MCGRADY EATS BUGS Megan McDonald The debut of an exuberant new picture book character from the best–selling author of the Judy Moody series. Beetle McGrady dreams of being an explorer like Marco Polo or a pioneer like Amelia Earhart. She dreams of being brave and daring, and she will begin by ... eating an ant. It's dare double dare on the school playground, but will Beetle be able to live up to her dreams? Face to face –– or Beetle to ant –– will she be able to bite and chew and ... swallow? Gulp! If she does, what will the ant taste like? If she does, will the ant be crunchy or squishy? And if she can't, does that mean she's a chicken?

30 review for Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Because Amy and Anneliese Perry enjoyed this in Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg. ____ I'm glad my library system has a copy of this! It's funny, and captures Beetle's mixed feelings about "bravery" beautifully. I felt her squeamishness, and her triumph. And it's an important book. Too many children are like some of Beetle's classmates and won't even try such 'weird' food as falafel, and that's a pity. One of the consequences of climate change is going to be a shift in what Because Amy and Anneliese Perry enjoyed this in Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg. ____ I'm glad my library system has a copy of this! It's funny, and captures Beetle's mixed feelings about "bravery" beautifully. I felt her squeamishness, and her triumph. And it's an important book. Too many children are like some of Beetle's classmates and won't even try such 'weird' food as falafel, and that's a pity. One of the consequences of climate change is going to be a shift in what foods are available... better get ready for it, kiddos! Endpapers talk about the actual science behind eating bugs; I only wish there were more notes & references. I'm sure googling will reveal plenty of information, though.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Mello

    Beetle McGrady is a second grader in Mr. Rigley's class. She aspires to be a pioneer and a true explorer. During fun food week Beetle convinces herself that to be a true explorer and follow in her heroes footsteps she would have to eat an ant. This story is about Beetle's adventure and whether or not she will become that true explorer. Within some of the illustrations we see Beetle's imagination. These images are separated from the story line images by being shades of blue and purple. By doing th Beetle McGrady is a second grader in Mr. Rigley's class. She aspires to be a pioneer and a true explorer. During fun food week Beetle convinces herself that to be a true explorer and follow in her heroes footsteps she would have to eat an ant. This story is about Beetle's adventure and whether or not she will become that true explorer. Within some of the illustrations we see Beetle's imagination. These images are separated from the story line images by being shades of blue and purple. By doing this illustrator Jane Manning emerses the reader completely into Beetle's story as we start to see things not just as they are, but as she sees them. This addition sparks the imaginations of the children reading the book as they often will see the world perhaps not as Beetle does, but in a different way than adults would. This makes the book and Beetle very relatable for children and allows them to fully engage into the book, as well as, adding context. Along with this author Megan McDonald uses words like "crunch" and "glug" utilizing the skill onomatopoeia. By doing this McDonald makes the story more fun and interactive for the children reading it and continues to add to the realability and engaging aspects of the book. This book is extremely child oriented with the use of imagination and onomatopoeia as a childrens' book should be. The creativity behind this book is incredible and there are very few books I have read that make me feel like a child reading them. There is something about this book that is so fun and engaging I can't see a reason to change it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Johnson

    Beetle McCrady is defying all odds of how a "girl" should act. She starts the book off with 10 tips on how to eat bugs. I loved the illustration on each page as you can imagine what each student is feeling. The use of onomatopeias really helps you get dramatic with the story. After Beetle is double dared to eat an ant she goes on this journey that leaves her with a best friend. I would recommend this book for all kids as it is funny and interesting to the reader.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    So fun. Aptly named Beetle wants to be adventurous, so boasts that she can eat an ant. But, when the double dare on the playground comes to be paid, she can't do it. That is, until a chef specializing in insect cuisine is the class's special guest. An interesting topic normalizing the consumption of insect protein. It also highlights how about 10 different bugs taste and can be prepared to show off their flavors (did you know stinkbugs taste like Granny Smith apples?)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Beetle McGrady dreamed of being brave and daring. During food week at school Beetle gets a dare double dare to eat an ant. Will Beetle McGrady eat the ant, and prove her bravery, or will she be remembered as a chicken? Each day of food week proves a challenge, but Friday brings the biggest challenge of Beetle McGrady's life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Recording sent- Ry listened with nanna and poppa today

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roselyn Mathis

    Lovely story, beautifully illustrated.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Beetle McGrady is very brave. She'll try anything. Fun With Food week at school gives Beetle a great opportunity to try new things...like ants! She tries and tries but she can't swallow. Beetle becomes quite dejected. What kind of explorer is she if she can't eat one measly ant? As Fun With Food week continues Beetle has the opportunity to try falafel and Japanese fish eggs. But she still is upset that she hadn't eaten that ant. Finally it's Friday and a Chef Suzanne comes to cook some interestin Beetle McGrady is very brave. She'll try anything. Fun With Food week at school gives Beetle a great opportunity to try new things...like ants! She tries and tries but she can't swallow. Beetle becomes quite dejected. What kind of explorer is she if she can't eat one measly ant? As Fun With Food week continues Beetle has the opportunity to try falafel and Japanese fish eggs. But she still is upset that she hadn't eaten that ant. Finally it's Friday and a Chef Suzanne comes to cook some interesting dishes for the kids of Beetle's class. What are these dished delicacies? All the bugs you can eat! Beetle tries everything: Crickets, caterpillars and mealworm cookies! Ants? No problem!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aleece

    Beetle McGrady and her classmates are making a food pyramid for fun with food week at school and Beetle decides to put ants at the top of the food pyramid. When she does that her classmates say that she should eat a real ant, so she tries but fails to eat it and becomes sad that she is not like real explorers. However she gets a second chance when a chef comes in and her specialty is bug dishes to eat. A little long for younger kids but overall a cute story that some kids will enjoy. Some may fin Beetle McGrady and her classmates are making a food pyramid for fun with food week at school and Beetle decides to put ants at the top of the food pyramid. When she does that her classmates say that she should eat a real ant, so she tries but fails to eat it and becomes sad that she is not like real explorers. However she gets a second chance when a chef comes in and her specialty is bug dishes to eat. A little long for younger kids but overall a cute story that some kids will enjoy. Some may find eating bugs to be gross but if they are looking for something new to read this may be it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Sylvester

    This is just one of those fun children's books that make you think of things and ask your kids questions never thought of before, like would you eat bugs if someone served them up all fancy in a pasta or cookie?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Universitybabe

    The kids loved it--seeing a girl do something "disgusting" seems to be way too much fun. It does streatch a little above their heads they only understand when she eats something. I don't like how long the book is. Too many words to keep Taren's attention.

  12. 4 out of 5

    The Brothers

    Beetle McGrady wants to be a pioneer and blazes heretofore unknown trails. Unfortunately, most everything's been done. But when she is dared to eat a bug at her school, a whole new world of "trail-blazing" opens up for the little girl. Funny illustrations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Great for the younger crowd looking for the ick factor found in books like How to Eat Fried Worms.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    I would give this book 100 stars. It is marvelous.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This is a funny, gross bug eating spectacular! Would be a huge hit at Storytime.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennessa

    FANTASTIC

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    James and I LOVE this book. I want my son to have a wealth of experiences and to never be afraid to try new things. What a fun way to discuss adventure and bravery with your child.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Payton

    "that was disgusting" Payton's words

  19. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Sanders

    PICTURE BOOK The story was cute, but it didn't really make sense to me. Did the chef really give them bugs to eat? The story confused me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Marie

    One of our new favorite children's books!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Kids will be drawn to this outlandish tale of a girl who needs to prove herself a pioneer by eating bugs! Recommended for ages 3-8.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

  23. 4 out of 5

    April

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  25. 4 out of 5

    Layla

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  27. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kasey

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suzy Lee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fizzmas

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