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Buglette, the Messy Sleeper

by Bethanie Murguia

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Bug with big dreams. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
"Buglette, the messy sleeper," is a book rendered in watercolors about a little bug, presumably a lady bug, who thrashes around a lot in her sleep. During the day she's a very neat bug, but at night she has big dreams of flying, climbing mountains, and being a trapeze artist that cause her to move around a lot while she sleeps. This worries her parents, as making a lot of noise at night could attract a crow to find and eat them, and sure enough, this happens one day. Luckily, from all of her big adventure practicing in her dreams, Buglette knows how to distract the crow by throwing a blanket on his eyes, and he never returns again. After that no one minds that Buglette is a messy sleeper.

The watercolor art in the book is rendered in bright colors with a bit of a green or blue hue to them, and should be amusing for kids to read. The book will probably be a little hard to relate to though, as unless beds are shared with siblings, most children don't get in trouble for being "messy sleepers." The book wouldn't be a bad addition to a public library, but might not be the best one either. ( )
  jackiediorio | Nov 26, 2011 |
Buglette had big dreams at night and she tosses and turns so much that in the morning her bed is very messy. Her mother worries that such tossing and turning will draw the attention of the crow. One night it does. Buglette bravely saves her family by tossing a blanket over the crow’s eyes.

Terribly cute bugs in this story.

“Buglett had dreams.
BIG dreams.
And in the morning…

Buglett woke to a most untidy bed. Mama Bug shook her head and said, ‘Why can’t you be more like Spot and Red? Such neat little sleepers.’

‘But Mama, I was building the tallest mountain ever!’ said Buglette.” ( )
  debnance | Nov 23, 2011 |
An overactive sleeper finds inspiration for saving her family from a real-life predator from the adventures that make her toss and turn in her dreams. Adorable illustrations and a forgettable story. ( )
  mrcmyoung | Jul 17, 2011 |
From the first page, I could not stop smiling. This is simply a delightful book that will charm everyone who reads it. From the humorous way the little bug is presented to the vibrant illustrations, there is nothing to detract the reader from enjoyment. Although there are some slightly scary moments, they are dealt with so deftly that the child will not have time to be afraid before he is smiling again at the antics of "the messy little sleeper's nighttime escapades.
Buglette is a charming little bug with both a serious and an imaginative side to her personality. During the day she does her chores and keeps everything spic and span. At night, although her bed is prepared for proper sleeping, she tosses and turns as she acts out the marvelous things she dreams about.
One night, Buglette's siblings, Red and Spot, create a shelter within which they hope she can sleep without disturbance. Whoa, that never happens, though, instead...Buglette tosses and turns throwing her acorn shelter off her body and sending it down through the leaves where it bounces off her sibling’s head. His cry wakes the crow and their enemy arrives, about to eat Spot. Buglette saves the day by gathering the courage she exhibits in her dreams and floating down to the crow, with the help of a blanket. She throws the blanket over the crow, temporarily blinding him. He becomes frightened, disoriented and flies away, never to return to scare them again.
Buglette saved the day. Her dreams were not so bad, after all, for they taught her courage and skills she wouldn't have even dreamed of had she slept a bit more peacefully. No one ever complained about the disturbances her dreams caused, ever again. She was now the hero instead of the pain in the neck!
The author has done a masterful job with the illustrations. They are vibrant and enticing, making the reader love the little bug family. The colors are warm and purples are used freely. Purple is the color of dreams so it is apt and children will identify with it. Purple is the color of fantasy and imagination. If there is a little girl that does not love the color purple, I have not come across her! The texture of the paper and the size of the book makes it easy to handle and a pleasure to read. In a short story of simple words and expressions coupled with wonderful drawings, the author has created a magical world for a child to enter and learn about how to face fear, march to the beat of their own drummer and develop courage, as well. I absolutely loved this book and will have great pleasure reading it to my two latest twin granddaughters when they are a bit older! ( )
  thewanderingjew | May 20, 2011 |
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A little bug has big adventures while she sleeps, but her mother worries that her thrashing about will create problems for the family.

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