Sloths often get a bad rap—typically they’re portrayed as lazy, slow, and not the brightest of creatures, but I love it that the sloth is the unsung hero in Bug Bear. Although, I don’t blame Bear for not wanting a whirring, buzzing, itchy bug making a home in his fur.
Bug Bear—effortlessly wordplay. It’s a pleasant day for a nap. Bear settles against a tree and closes his eyes. Busy Bug lands on Bear’s nose and declares that he’s chosen Bear for his home. “Good day to you, Bear, I’m just passing through looking for lodgings and I’ve chosen you!” The rhyming text is playful and enjoyable to read out loud. Scenes are simple and move between full-length and close-up illustrations. At first Bear accepts Bug with a sigh, but he quickly becomes understandably agitated, which is animated for the majority of the story. Near the end he’s desperate and calls, “Won’t somebody help me?” Of course Owl knows what to do. Bug is introduced to Sloth and they become friends—flatmates. As we discovered after a little research on sloths, they’re the perfect friend for all sorts of bugs. It just goes to show that there’s someone for everyone.