Bug on the Rug

Pug is snug on his rug. But what happens when along comes BUG?! With a claim to the rug?! The two engage in a hysterical, rhyming battle of wits and strength until Slug asks the necessary questions and helps them find common ground. Rhyming is an important developmental reading skill. It teaches phonics (decodable text) and helps young readers infer content. This is a fun story to build those skills--and is an epic read aloud!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Kindergarten
Dewey E
Lexile 450L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level H
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534111479), PDF (9781534198074), Hosted ebook (9781534198098)
Copyright 2022
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations

San Francisco Book Review - Bug on the Rug

“…a fun rhymer with a story that will engage little ones without them ever knowing they are learning some good life lessons about friendship and getting along with others.”

Kirkus Reviews - Bug on the Rug

This is a pleasing, comical story about finding common ground, owning mistakes, and accepting differences. Readers will enjoy the hilarious proceedings conveyed through jaunty rhymes that scan well and the characters’ expressive mugging. Rhyming words and opportunities for rich vocabulary development are real draws.

Booklist - Bug on the Rug

“Throughout, the rhymes are inventive (the pug is “aghast” and has to work “fast”), and the rug rivals’ words have great texture, like the bug’s sniffling “BIZZLE. BIZZLE. BZZZ! BZZZ!” The cartoonlike illustrations are loaded with comic detail, including having the pug, bug, and slug all look repulsive, giving an “ewww” impact to their fights. Their varied tactics and thought bubbles are hysterical. A fun way to build reading skills through exposure to rhyming.”

Author: Sophia Gholz

Sophia Gholz is a children’s book author and lover of trees. She grew up in northern Florida, surrounded by oak trees and longleaf pine forests. But Sophia’s favorite type of trees are the willows she encountered while visiting Australia as a child. Favorites aside, she believes that all trees are equally important. Today, Sophia lives by the beach with her family, where she spends her time researching, writing, and dreaming about faraway places. The Boy Who Grew a Forest is Sophia’s debut picture book. For more, visit:

Illustrator: Susan Batori

Susan Batori’s books include Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt! and Letters from Space. She worked in advertising before switching to children’s book illustration. Susan lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Full-color illustrations