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Burt the Beetle Doesn't Bite
by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press, $12.99. 56pp
Published: June 2021

Burt is a very polite June beetle who learns about different bugs and their superpowers, like the ant, who can carry fifty times its weight and the dragonfly who can fly super-fast. Burt wants to know if he has any superpowers; he's good at chasing porch lights and ending up on his back with his legs flailing, and his feet are super sticky, but those don't seem like useful superpowers compared to the other insects he meets during his travels. He gives great hugs, but are they a superpower?

Burt realizes that maybe June beetles don't have any special powers and he's just an ordinary bug. Burt feels sad and wishes he could do something extraordinary.

One day his insect friends find themselves in a life or death situation that none of their superpowers can help with, but what can Burt do to help? He realizes there is something helpful he can do and Burt the superhero saves the day!

The message of this graphic novel highlights how being special is as much about character as it is abilities.

This story is a wonderful way to share confidence and positive thinking with those little ones who feel ordinary or unimportant. It's adorably illustrated and packed with fun facts about the special abilities that certain insects possess. The author, Ashley Spires, writes a very engaging book for all the budding entomologists in the world.

I'll happily be reading this book to my grandchildren and highly recommend it.

Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for a free ARC of this book. ~~ Dee Astell

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