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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Delicious Bug, The

illustrated by Janet Perlman

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2009
Humorous Stories, Manners & Etiquette, Reptiles & Amphibians
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7


On a quiet and peaceful day in the forest, beaky birds, lemurs and a tomato frog are hanging out by the pond catching, or trying to catch, their meals. Two chameleon friends, Willy and Wally, are also looking forward to their lunch when a rare thing happens. KerBLAPP! - their tongues simultaneously latch onto a passing bumblebug. Who saw the bug first? And who will be the first to let go?

As the two argue and fight, their actions lead to serious trouble and threaten the peace of the whole forest. But when Willy and Wally are forced to use teamwork to narrowly escape the jaws of doom, they recognize the virtues of working together. Can they agree to share the mouthwatering bug after all?

Janet Perlman's own adaptation of her award-winning animated film Dinner for Two, The Delicious Bug will encourage discussion about the many facets of cooperation and friendship and highlight the importance of peacefully resolving conflict.

About the author

Janet Perlman lives in Montreal and is a writer and illustrator of funny children’s books and a director of funny animated films. Her work has received international acclaim, including an Oscar® nomination and many festival grand prizes.As a child Janet wanted to be a geologist or a stewardess. Her first job consisted of putting scented plastic roses into plastic bags. None of this portended a career in books and film, but as an art student, she found her passion for telling stories through her drawings. Janet now works in her home studio, where she creates most of her artwork in the computer. The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes is one of a trilogy of penguinized retellings of fairy tales, which include Cinderella Penguin, and The Penguin and the Pea. Two of her books are based on animated films she made at the National Film Board of Canada: Cinderella Penguin (The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin) and The Delicious Bug (Dinner For Two).

Janet Perlman's profile page


  • Short-listed, North Carolina Children's Book Award, North Carolina Library Association
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Bright and appealing.

Kirkus Reviews

A fun book to share at storytime.

School Library Journal

The story is good, light fun ...

Quill & Quire

Librarian Reviews

The Delicious Bug

As two chameleons hunt for lunch, their tongues latch on to the same bug and this leads to bickering. Their actions cause great trouble and threaten the peace of the forest. The pair do come to recognize the virtues of teamwork when they must work together to escape the jaws of doom. This story is based on Perlman’s film Dinner for Two.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

Other titles by Janet Perlman