The Bug House Family Restaurant
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
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