Reviews & Features for BUG ON THE RUG

Updated: May 3

NOTE: This post has been edited to include the latest reviews, press, and news.


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"A rollicking, rhyming read-aloud...the rhymes are inventive, and the rug rivals’ words have great texture. A fun way to build reading skills..."

Booklist | CLICK HERE for the full review.

"...a pleasing, comical story about finding common ground, owning mistakes, and accepting differences. Readers will enjoy the hilarious proceedings conveyed through jaunty rhymes that scan well and the characters’ expressive mugging. Rhyming words and opportunities for rich vocabulary development are real draws...Lively fun that all readers will enjoy, snug in their own rugs and everywhere else."

Kirkus | CLICK HERE for the full review.

"...Bug on the Rug is a hilarious rhyming romp with a rhythm made for dramatic readings that kids will want to hear again and again. The book will make a favorite addition to home, school, and public libraries for lively and meaningful story times."

Celebrate Picture Books | CLICK HERE for the full review

"Hilarious and adorable! ... Written in brilliant rhyme this book is fun to read aloud and a great tool to use with children around sharing and taking a moment to consider another's perspective."

Picture Book Recommendations | CLICK HERE for here for the full review.

"The teacher in me loves this story for setting classroom expectations at the beginning of the year. And the parent in me loves this story for reminding my little wild child what it means to show kindness..."

Molly Ippolito, Two Cents | CLICK HERE for the full review

"This LOL, rhyming, SEL, read-aloud presents a battle of wits set against an inviting bucolic backdrop...This book is an uproarious and engaging approach to teaching phonics to children eager to learn how to read...The dynamic of the character interaction cracks me up..."

Ronna Mandel, Good Reads With Ronna | CLICK HERE for the full review

"This was such a FUN book to read. Not only did it offer killer rhyming, but it was packed full of laughs...The illustrations by artist Susan Batori were not only fantastic, but were the perfect pairing for this story. The expressions she captured on all of the characters were priceless...This book teaches the art of sharing and compromise so well. It isn’t preachy or in your face which I love! It is done in such a natural way and doesn’t at all talk down to the children....Bug on the Rug would be an absolutely perfect tool for learning to read. It teaches phonics beautifully and really helps to build reading skills..."

Kelly, Beaches and Reads | CLICK HERE for the full review

"Bug on the Rug, written by Sophia Gholz and illustrated by Susan Batori, is a great read aloud with lots of fun word play! ...Bright and bold pictures work perfectly with the sparing text, to cohesively tell pug and bug’s adventure on the rug. Read this book aloud and afterwards have a blast playing with rhyming words and word families. This a great read aloud for pre-kindergarten through grade three..."

Mother Goose Librarian | CLICK HERE for here for the full review.

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