Bug in a vacuum

by Watt, Mélanie, 1975-

Format: Print Book 2015
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A bug flies through an open door into a house, through a bathroom, across a kitchen and bedroom and into a living room.where its entire life changes with the switch of a button: it is sucked into the void of a vacuum bag! The bug moves through denial, bargaining, anger, despair and eventually acceptance - the five stages of grief - as it comes to terms with its fate. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Will there be dust bunnies in the void? A funny, suspenseful and poignant look at the travails of a bug trapped in a vacuum.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "One afternoon an unassuming fly is sucked into the dark belly of a vacuum cleaner, where he dramatically experiences the five stages of grief. Each emotion serves as a mini-act in the fly's story as he tries to come to grips with his situation. Starting with denial, he tries convincing himself it's all a bad dream. Stage 2 (bargaining) sees him point toward a spider he has crafted out of debris, claiming, Obviously, I wouldn't hurt a fly. There's the insect you want. Anger erupts in stage 3, before giving way to tears of despair in stage 4. Finally, stage 5 (acceptance) arrives with due resignation. But when the vacuum gets hauled outside, could hope enter the picture? While the fly's rationale is funny (and punny), Watt's mixed-media illustrations steal the show, hilariously depicting the bug's reactions and creative use of his dusty environment. Young readers may not get the joke at large and some may be deterred by the book's length but most will be delighted by the story's sheer absurdity.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this half-comic, half-tragic tale, Watt (the Scaredy Squirrel series) portrays a bug that gets sucked into a canister vacuum and travels through Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief. Watt's muted spreads feature midcentury modern interiors and ersatz advertising, with no humans in sight. The bug (it appears to be a fruit fly) becomes trapped inside the prison of the vacuum along with the family dog's stuffed toy, a mute but comforting companion. In a long, pun-laden monologue, readers watch the fly express denial ("This is amazing!"), bargaining, anger ("No more Mr. Nice Fly!"), despair ("I'll be a prisoner forever"), and, finally, acceptance ("I don't wish to change a thing," it says, looking resigned). Outside the canister, the dog mirrors the same emotions with regard to its lost toy. The story may require some context-setting from adults ("What does bargaining mean?"), while the bug's fate-it survives, but in a strange new place-doesn't offer the consolation it might. But young readers, who are so often subjected to events they can't control, will easily sympathize with the fly. Ages 5-9. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Insects -- Juvenile fiction.
Vacuum cleaners -- Juvenile fiction.
Insects -- Fiction.
Vacuum cleaners -- Fiction.
Publisher Toronto, Ontario :2015
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9781770496453
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