The Bug House Fam­ily Restau­rant

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By Bev­er­ley Brenna, il­lus­trated by Marc Mongeau Tradewind Books, 80 pages, $13 SASKATOON teacher and au­thor Bev­er­ley Brenna has writ­ten a hi­lar­i­ous book of poetry, rem­i­nis­cent of Al­li­ga­tor Pie, in The Bug House Fam­ily Restau­rant. As the fore­word sug­gests, “In­stead of think­ing bugs are gross/Please don’t be too sus­pi­cious./With half a chance and one good chef/ They could be quite de­li­cious!” Brenna im­plies that the re­cent suc­cess of stu­dents from McGill who won the Hult Prize for crick­ets as a food source may mean that tasty side dishes of bee­tles and bugs are right around the cor­ner. “Choco­late cov­ered bees,” “but­ter­fly pie,” “la­dy­bug soup” and “taran­tula skins” are all part of Brenna’s menus. One warn­ing: “The spi­der in her cider/Made poor Marly scream and shake./She cat­er­wauled to Winnipeg /Be­fore they served the cake.” Brenna has also writ­ten 10 nov­els for young peo­ple. Mon­treal artist Mongeau adds to the fun of the book with hu­mor­ous black-and white il­lus­tra­tions. He­len Nor­rie is a for­mer teacher-li­brar­ian who has taught chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture at the Univer­sity of Manitoba. Her reg­u­lar col­umn ap­pears on the third

weekend of the month.

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