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 an award-winning author whose books include Bug on the Rug, The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng, and more. When she isn’t exploring the great outdoors, you can find Sophia in a library, visiting schools or working on her next book.

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