Sunday, June 10, 2007

Chick Alert! And a Contest!

PEST FEST
by Julia Durango
Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN-10: 0689855699
ISBN-13:
978-0689855696

It's here! It's here! PEST FEST, the wonderful new picture book by Julia Durango, is here!

Oh that talented Silly Chick! How we do love her!

In her funny, new rhyming book, the creepy, crawly, buzzy, and buggy critters among us hold a talent show.

"Pest Fest! Pest Fest!" the Carpet Beetle barked.
"The talent show is set to go.
The best are placed; come on, make haste!
Let's start the annual Pest Fest!"

So begins the call to all bugs far and wide to show off their best talents. Who will win? The beautiful butterfly? The lovely ladybug? The Queen Bee? Or possibly the lowly little fly? Surely not!

Kurt Cyrus captures the fun in his slightly creepy, very pesky, and simply beautiful illustrations. Kids who love bugs will be overjoyed by this book. Kids who hate bugs will be drawn like moths to it!

Just thinking about a critter contest makes us want to have one of our own!

So . . .

We are having a contest! (And boy is it an easy one!)

Tell us your favorite (or not so favorite) bug** and we'll put your name in a drawing to win an autographed copy of PEST FEST! (We don't need real names, just enough info to contact you.)


On July 1, we'll post 2 winners here in the coop!

Congrats and thanks to Julia and Kurt for this wonderfully buggy book!

** Here at the Silly Chicks, we are aware that the word "Bugs" in fact refers to a limited number of insects from the order Hemiptera which includes cicadas, aphids, and other "true bugs." (We know this because one of us accidentally spent 4 years in college studying biology.)

However, we prefer to use the Kindergarten definition which means anything that crawls and makes your mother scream if it touches her foot. Though we reserve the right to omit from this definition the following: snakes, furry critters, and Mick Jagger.


Good luck!

44 comments:

Andrea said...

On a personal note, I'd just like to add this about PEST FEST and Miss Julia Durango:

I heard this book read at an SCBWI conference long before it was published or even sold. I loved it immediately and I remember thinking, "I don't know who wrote that, but I bet I would like them!"

Boy, was I right!

Cheers to you, Miss J! You are the Chickiest of them all!

gail said...

I want to enter! Do we post our answer here or send you an email?

Thanks,
gail

Three Silly Chicks said...

Post right here!!!!

Thanks

gail said...

OK, here goes.

I have a love/hate relationship. I hate ants. I hate it when they bite me. I hate it when they get in the house. I love ants. I love watching them. I love trying to figure out how they get things done!

gail

Patti S. said...

Wings down it's lightening bugs, aka fireflies. Ever since I was a wee lass I've loved the sparkle of these magic bugs. Summer nights, lemonade, flashlight tag and lightening bugs, ah the memories. Awesome book Julia, can't wait to read it to my future grandchild.

Jenny said...

Well, it wouldn't be the seventeen year cicadas. One plopped down from a tree and landed on the back of my neck the other day! Creepy!

I do love caterpillers and butterflies, which I believe should count as one bug! I love to catch caterpillars and let them crawl up my finger. Tickly! And every year, I buy a kit to watch their metamorphosis into butterflies. Shaking chrysili (???) are very cool!
Jenny

Anonymous said...

I once saw a centipede (I think -- I accidentally majored in Religious Studies, not biology), and once I was over being freaked out by it, I was fascinated. It was about 3 AM and I was up with my then newborn. I had just put her in her little basinette (which was kinda close to the floor). I saw this black thing making its way -quickly!- across the carpet towards my precious little bundle. In the dim light, hormones raging, and no sleep, God knows what I thought that thing was. Talk about the mother's protective instinct kicking in - THIS IS NOT A DRILL! I never moved so fast! I had that baby up and outta there in one second flat. When my heart resumed its normal pace, I went back into the room to investigate. With the lights on, I could see all its wonderful legs and shiny sections. And I still couldn't believe how fast it could travel. Amazing!
-K.
www.kyrateis.com

Kairi said...

Inchworms. I love to watch them move along.

Nicole Foley said...

I am not a bug girl - I don't like flies, gnats, cockroaches, those nasty bugs out west that shed their exoskeletons and leave them stuck to tree trunks, and I really don't care for the flu bug (I believe that I just crossed some line there...) But, I do like to accent my home with dragonflies and bumblebees - not the real deal, you understand, but artistic renderings of them.

LisaDanu said...

Mostly I don't like bugs, but I respect the fact they are by far the majority life forms on our planet. Also, kids just love them!! So, you book, while nicely reviewed, is sure to be a HIT!! Congrats. I'm officially entering the contest with Ladybug as my favorite bug.

miztrish said...

Pest Fest Contest Entry:

I love finding a praying mantis! They'r so unusual that spotting one is almost like stmbling across an alien!

rwoodyer said...

I live about 8 miles from Julia Durango and have heard her speak. I am excited about her new book.
Rachel

rwoodyer said...

I forgot to tell my favorite insect.
It is a lacewing because they are so beautiful and delicate.
Rachel

Sharon Dressel said...

Okay--I'll ditto Gail's comment. I, too, both loathe and revere ants. I do not like to be bitten or stung, but I must admit to some fascination when watching an expert's analysis of their social structure and work ethic! However, just the other day, I saw a incredibly cool PBS special by David Attenborough on amber. There was an assassin bug trapped in the amber, along with its prey. To bring this ancient fellow to life, they showed some present-day assassin bugs. I found them to be very intriguing. I think they are my new favorites!!

Andrea said...

Ants are indeed amazing! A squad of them found and decimated a cough drop high atop my bookshelf on the second floor of my house. Given the size of the ants, it was like my climbing Mount Everest for a Jolly Rancher. Ain't gonna happen!

Make it chocolate, and we'll talk! Of course, I'd consider hiring an assassin bug to get more chocolate if it was the really good kind! (of chocolate, not bug . . .)

Loving your entries!

Andrea the Pink Chickie!

Diane Chen said...

I definitely have to cast my vote for fireflies or lightning bugs as we called them growing up. Not just because they seem so magical when you allow one to crawl over your hand, but because of their possibilities. Every year the very best time of our life coincided with the long summer days of relaxation and fun with our family. The lightning bugs coincided with everyone having time to play and race in the yard. Dancing with fireflies remains a magical time. Even now my heart jumps when I see the fairy lights rising from lawns in season.

michele said...

I must have been an entymologist in a former life, because I really love all bugs. Here are just a few of my favorites:
The Bombadier Beetle, who has a nasty habit of hurling his feces at others.
The Sow Bug, who keeps her young in a pouch like a kangaroo.
The Ladybird Beetle, for the cute factor.
The June bug, for their wacky, drunken flight patterns when they intrude into my living room on the first warm nights of summer.
I hope I win your drawing for PEST FEST! It would make my day.

Anonymous said...

My favorite would have to be a tie between the butterfly and the ladybug. I love them both! - Jen H.

Dawn Henderson said...

The praying mantis is absolutely beautiful! I am sure if I had one jump on me, I'd scream bloody murder but they are a pleasure to look at since they so startlingly resemble green leaves.
Dawn H.

Anonymous said...

I would have to vote for ladybugs. There are cute and also what I nicknamed my red headed daughter.

Janice G.

Lee Ann said...

I have to go with the stick bug...so much like a stick you can't even tell they are there!

Deborah said...

I actually love bugs - except for what we here in the south call Palmetto bugs (roaches-BIG ones). I really love to watch the dragonflies after a rain with the droplets glittering on their transparent, irredescent wings. Can't wait to check out the book!

beckyames@hotmail.com said...

What a great time to read this book in Maine. Bug season!
Becky

Annette said...

My vote goes to the lightening bug. I just love seeing the first one of the summer! They make me think of all the fun we had chasing and catching them as kids and all the fun we had chasing and catching them with our own kids. Their little sparkle just makes me smile!

berta said...

My vote is for the Lightening Bug.
It brings back the memories of childhood. Catching them in a jar and watching them flick "hello"

Pam said...

Lightning bugs or fireflies are cool, but my favorite would have to be the ladybug. They seem to live a calm, relaxed existance. Never in a rush, they slowly make their way across a green leaf. Even when they choose to fly, it appears graceful and effortlessly.

Miss Nielson said...

I just entered the contest as "Pam" but it didn't link to my account. So here I am again (now logged on!).

K man said...

I have to say bees! Honeybees in particular. I have learned so much about insects from watching the bees in their hive. I love being able to manage a colony of thousands. Having them work for me, polinating, creating honey, and teaching me so much about all insects.

Lissa said...

Ok, so I'm gonna be a little bit different. I like Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches. Now, I'm not a fan of cockroaches in general - those ones that crawl around my house sometimes freak me out and I make my Joe take care of them. However, I really enjoy having Madagascan Hissers around. I kept them as pets in college (where I not-so-accidentally got a degree in biology). I even took them home on breaks, which freaked my mom out. Especially when one had babies while I was away at my summer job. See, Hissers have live birth (well, they extrude an egg case, which they then put back in their body to hatch). Mom was not amused. I was thrilled!

Anonymous said...

I just love praying mantises. I kept one as a pet once in my first grade classroom. We even got to watch it lay an egg case. It lived until November, with us carefully catching flies and crickets and feeding it.

Sylvia Hix
sylviahix@mnps.org

dink said...

Andrea! I love your story about hearing Pest Fest read and knowing you'd like Julia. It makes me smile.

I met Julia a little bit before I met
Pest Fest I read an early draft and fell in total buggy-love with it. It's my favorite, and I've been waiting forever for it to come out (eep! it really has been forever... SEVEN years!)

Anyway I love all bugs (to observe, to draw and paint, but not in my hair or down my shirt). I think I'll choose dragonflies for my favorite. :-D

Terry D. said...

My least favorites are big hairy spiders and cockroaches! My favorite is the ladybug. Who could ever harm a ladybug!

ChatRabbit said...

Well, if you're going by the Kindergarten definition, then deer ticks are the worst "bugs"!
The coolest? Tortoise beetles.

lsimon12@yahoo.com said...

In Kansas we called them roli-polis...we used to have the curl up in our hands!

amyburl said...

Dragonfly also my fav. Best buzz of the summer.

Karen in Maine said...

My favorite is the inchworm! Though, I do not like them on me, just cute to watch...

Anonymous said...

Oh Karen in Maine,

One of us chicks is even now wending our way to your northern land for a bit of vacation. We hear tales that you have mosquitos there as large as birds (though not larger than silly chicks, we hope). Is this true?

The Chick in pink

Krish said...

My favorite bug... I call them doodle bugs. I love to watch them roll into little balls and unroll again. I used to collect them in jars. My 6-year-old daughter votes for grasshoppers.

krishs@ptd.net

Jim D said...

Butterflies!
(The one bug few people find creepy.)

Jim D.

robin said...

Most bugs are fascinating, industrious little creatures. The scorpion, however is my least favorite. When I lived in west Texas, I encountered one coming up out of my sink drain as I was brushing my teeth and ready to spit. It was like a horror movie...

robin said...

I'm new to blogs (and scared of scorpions)and didn't post a link to my account. Here it is in case you'd like to send PEST FEST my way...

Ellen Richmond said...

I just had the pleasure of meeting Andrea who dropped in (on her Maine vacation) to give an independent bookseller some encouragement. Thank you!! I'm so happy that Andrea came in and told me about your website/blog. I'll be back regularly now.

I'd have to vote for honeybees as my favorite "bug." I had a hive for a very short time; they're fascinating and what they do is wonderful.



Ellen Richmond
Children's Book Cellar
Waterville, ME
kidsbookscellar@verizon.net

Ann Badsing said...

My favorite bug is the luckiest bug of them all,the ladybug.It's a delight to have one stop by and sit for awhile before it flies away home.

Anonymous said...

CATERPILLARS/BUTTERFLIES:
I was about five years old the first time I turned the pages of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and fell in love. Oh the power of a well-done children's book!!

Here's to your wonderful book "Pest Fest" - may it create a whole new generation of bug lovers!

ginseek@hotmail.com