Boxelder Bug Variations: A Meditation on an Idea in Language and MusicBoxelder Bug Variations: A Meditation on an Idea in Language and Music by Bill Holm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my friends at the aquarium bought this for a dollar at Half Price Books. Everything about nature seems to interest her, so why not? I don’t know how we got to talking about box elder bugs. I haven’t thought about them since I was a kid, collecting them off the side of my friend’s house, giving them names (usually Moe), and drawing pictures of them. Although this book alludes to their “variations,” I can assure you every drawing looked the same. When you like to draw, but can’t do it very well, it’s best to choose a simple specimen, one that won’t get insulted when you get it wrong.

This collection of pictures, poems, and songs is an unexpected joy to read. With literary references that could redden any ivory tower, it doesn’t leave a single stone unturned when discussing our tiny black and red pals.

Five stars, huh? Yeah, FIVE. This book is just one more surprise example of the shared human experience. No matter how many people call you weird for liking something, there are at least as many people somewhere in the world who like it too and evidence of such is marvelous!

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