June 22, 2016

The Challenge Continues . . . Buckeye Book Award Challenge 2008

And the reading challenge continues!  As stated in a previous post, my librarian friend Ashley Lambacher of the Book Talker and I are hosting the Buckeye Book Award Reading Challenge.  Our goal is to read all the past winners from the children’s book category in chronological order from 1982 to the present.  I will read the K-2 picture book winners and Ashley will read the 4-8/3-5 chapter book winners.  Today I continue my challenge by reading the winner of the K-2 Buckeye Book Award in 2008, Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug by Mark Newgarden and Meghan Montague Cash .

Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug is a wordless picture book that follows our hero Bow-Wow as a bug lands on his dog food bowl and he tracks the bug out the door and down the street.  Then a completely unexpected adventure ensues.  When pup and bug meet their identical twins it's a great excuse for a series of panels where they try to get the other to do something different.  Giant dogs follow tiny bugs.  Hundreds of dogs follow hundreds of bugs.  And then, hundreds of gigantic bugs follow hundreds of tiny dogs.  Exhausted, Bow-Wow heads for home where pup and insect can settle down for a good long sleep.  The illustrations have a comic-like ascetic, making them appealing to young readers.  There are lots of hidden charms that you discover after your first reading, as well as overt and fantastic surprises.  This is a super fun wordless picture book and a well-deserved winner of the 2008 Buckeye Book Awards.

Ashley, your upcoming 2008 book is the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Many books later, these books remains a favorite with kids still today.  

Would you like to join Ashley and I as we read through Ohio’s award winning books?  We welcome any and all who are interested in participating in this fun reading challenge.  For more information, click here.

1 comment:

  1. While I also enjoy artistic flair and detailed drawings of many other picture books, I like that this winner is simplistic in it's drawings and story. Kids love the cartoon style and I think it makes it easier (especially for young readers!) to identify what is going on. Since there are no words, it places emphasis on the pictures and allows readers to come up with the story on their own as they look at the pictures -- an important skill. Plus, it's just really funny and cute. A wonderful winner!