Du Iz Tak?

Du Iz Tak?

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Readers are invited to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in the natural world, even the humblest back garden! With exquisitely-detailed illustration that will appeal to children and art-lovers alike, and a wonderfully playful invented language, we soon find ourselves speaking "Bug" ... Du iz tak? What is that?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780763665302
Characteristics: 48 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm.


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A fantastically imagined world filled with transformation and growth, rebirth and decay. The life cycle of a butterfly is right there throughout all of the drama that ensues, quiet until just the right moment.

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Nov 04, 2018

Great book. For more fun ask your little ones (or big ones) to read for assigned characters. The pattern of the bugs' language eventually decodes itself from context. We will be revisiting this book.

Hillsboro_ArynO Oct 27, 2018

This is one that is definitely best read aloud. The colorful pictures tell an engaging story that comes through loud and clear, even if all the text is in bug language.

ArapahoeKati Oct 09, 2018

Fun and creative! Definitely read this one aloud and see where your imagination takes you.

Oct 04, 2017

This Caldecott winner was not my favorite, but it is very original in its use of creating another language to tell the story.

Jun 28, 2017

This is a cleverly-written book that appeals to a variety of ages. I read it out loud to the family, and it incited lots of giggling. I read it out loud to a middle-grade student that I am tutoring, and we talked about using context clues to deduce the meanings of unfamiliar words (the book made this conversation fun). The illustrations are enchanting, and I noticed new details each time I re-read the book.

Mar 11, 2017

The illustrations are delightful and younger children will likely have fun puzzling out the insect language.

Jan 24, 2017

2017 Caldecott Honor. Written in "Bug," this inventive picture book follows the adventures of a number of insects and other creatures building a tree house, and the dangers they face. Children will be challenged to translate the bug language into their own.

Dec 30, 2016

Unique create your own story book.
I read with our 4 year old son and we got a laugh when we were sure we had worked out what words meant and I think my son enjoyed being a part of insects conversations.
Great for imagination, explaining the use of different languages and how communication varies even between animals. Something a little different from a wordless book.

nmaryann Dec 24, 2016

An innovative picture book that explores language and storytelling. Readers are left to decipher Ellis' made-up language. An incredibly unique, inviting, and clever picture book. Carson Ellis never disappoints.

ArapahoeTina Dec 20, 2016

Super creative with illustrations to match, this picture book explores language with the help of some very industrious bugs!

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Mar 11, 2017

stepha89 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 6

ArapahoeBetsy Dec 02, 2016

ArapahoeBetsy thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over


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