The Bully Bug is the sixth standalone tale in the hilarious Monsterrific Tales series for young readers by acclaimed author David Lubar. The Monsterrific Tales series began with Hyde and Shriek, a Kids' Indie Next list selection, and is sure to appeal to reluctant readers and fans of Lubar’s short stories collections.
There’s something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. Kids are turning into monsters—literally!
Lud Mellon gets bitten by a bevy of bugs in his basement and the next thing he knows, he’s crawling up walls, drooling on his food, and rolling around in garbage. Turning into a giant insect seems fun at first, almost like having superpowers. But when his dad calls in the exterminators, Lud has to figure out how to stop his transformation before he gets squashed like a bug.
“This book will talk itself right off the shelves, and reluctant readers will devour it.”—School Library Journal on The Curse of the Campfire Weenies
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Bud found the box of cereal. If I’d found it, none of this would have happened. I’m smarter than Bud. He stayed back twice. I only got kept back once. But with him staying back twice, we ended up in the same grade. So we’ll be in school together for a while, unless he gets held back again. Bud and Lud, that’s us. Mom’s good with poetry. Anyway, you can see I’m smarter, both because Bud stayed back more, and because of what he did with the box.
“Cereal!” Bud shouted. He’d pushed over one of
Praise for Hyde and Shriek:
A Winter 2012–2013 Kids’ Indie Next List Selection
“Lubar kicks off his six-book series of kids-as-monsters tales with an uncomplicated meditation on good vs. evil that riffs on Jekyll and Hyde…. Fans of Lubar’s Nathan Abercrombie zombie series will find much to like here.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Lubar puts the emphasis on comedy, not chills, in a story that slots nicely between The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Miss Nelson Is Missing!”—Publishers Weekly
“David Lubar has absolutely nailed what kids in fourth to six grade hanker for—a really funny short book.”—Kids Book Review