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Author: Watt, Melanie
Publisher: Tundra Books
Year Published: August 25 2015
ISBN: 978-1770496453
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Bug in a Vaccuum

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Who would deny a lowly fly the five stages of Grief? Not Melanie Watt! In a hilarious send-up, a bug flies into a house and is sucked up into a vacuum cleaner. While inside, he goes through each of the five stages in turn. Heralded by a two page spread, each stage is cleverly introduced by an advertised product; Denial is a can that says, “Wipes out the ugly truth”, while Bargaining looks like a box of laundry soap that states, “Wash away your troubles!”. The fly works his way through the stages by using the bric-a-brac in the vacuum as both audience and props for his soliloquies. A sub-plot parallels the action in the vacuum cleaner as the family dog mourns his favourite toy, also sucked up by the vacuum. This book has a different look and feel from Watt’s previous books. The illustrations are reminiscent of the 50’s and are Photoshopped mixed media in sepia tones. However, the humour and insight are pure Watt!



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