A Bug Called Doug is an Australian book, and the bug in question is a giant burrowing cockroach.
Two children playing inside one day are disgusted and horrified to find Doug under a bed. Before they can squash him, he scuttles out into the garden and the boys give chase. Once out in the sunlight, they see Doug is not disgusting at all and realise how interesting a creature he is.
The story is told in a lively rhyme which is accompanied with clear, colourful, vibrant illustrations. The end pages tell the reader more about the giant burrowing cockroach and how to distinguish it from other introduced species. The book also comes with a narrated CD.
This is a lovely, funny story that makes readers more aware of the importance of indigenous wildlife; no matter how small or crusty. This will be a very popular read-aloud book and could prompt discussion about bugs and insects indigenous to New Zealand. I will be looking to see if I can find a similar New Zealand book that is as entertaining and informative.
Title: A Bug Called Doug
Author: Chris Collin
Illustrator: Megan Kitchen
Date of Publication: April 2014
Ages: 5-8 years
Reviewer: Annabel McPhee
School: The Catlins Area School, Owaka