Book Review: What Bug am I? by Skye Wade

The little spider doesn’t initially know who he is. Yet with the ladybug’s help, he meets different backyard bugs to understand who he looks like. By merging nonfiction and fiction, the author cleverly soars and scores in this nature book!


Fizzle the fear factor associated with bugs with this amazing book. All characters are cute and relatable, without evoking fear or disgust. They’re specifically endowed with human traits and emotions; and at the same time, the structure of their bodies is realistic. The book teaches friendship, benevolence, compassion, empathy, self-care, and cooperation.

It positively shows insects, indicates their role in nature and benefits to humans, and demonstrates how to purge young readers’ fears associated with them.

Besides, each character within the book has its own info-spread with large photos and interesting facts that even adults don’t know. At the same time, the book isn’t too scientific and isn’t overloaded with information. Fictional and educational spreads follow each other cohesively and creatively. They’re separated so it’s easy to skip educational ones for younger kids.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve read some good children’s books lately, and this is another one to add to the list!

When a little spider pops out of his egg, he doesn’t know what kind of bug he is. Ladybug is nearby, and she takes it upon herself to help him figure out what kind of bug he is. They meet an ant, an earthworm, caterpillar, locust, bee, dragonfly, rolly polly, a moth, and finally, a spider. He finally finds out he’s a spider (not a bug at all) and where he’s supposed to live!

The characters are sweet, and bugs are seen as nice and helpful rather than scary. The illustrations of the bugs are bright, colorful, and cute. The best part of the book for me was the spread about each bug after they found out what it was. Each one shows pictures of the actual bug, what they like to eat, what likes to eat them, how long they live, and other interesting tidbits. I learned a lot!

If you’re looking for educational but fun books, this is definitely one you should get.