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Bomby the Bombardier Beetle

post written by Esther Filbrun

Bomby the Bombardier Beetle by Hazel May RueTitle: Bomby the Bombardier Beetle
Hazel May Rue
Major Themes: Bombardier Beetles
Bomby has a lot to learn so he can grow up to be an old, wise Bombardier beetle—but can he keep his mouth shut long enough to be taught what he needs to know?

I’ve been interested in Bombardier beetles since I was probably five or so, when Dad showed my brothers and me a picture of one spraying an enemy and explained what wonderful little bugs they are. Not too long ago, while sorting through books at a book sale, Mom came across Bomby the Bombardier Beetle and immediately snatched it up. She’s been wanting to read it for close to thirty years now, so it was fun to see her wish finally fulfilled.

Bomby is a very young bombardier beetle. He has much to learn, but thankfully he has a wise father who is willing to teach him how to survive and thrive in the big dangerous world. There are the Tiger beetles he and his friends must watch out for, and many things about the past that Bomby needs to learn in order to be a good Bombardier beetle. Can he hold his tongue long enough to be taught what he needs to know?

This is a very fun story, one that both old and young would enjoy reading. Bomby’s struggles—while, perhaps, slightly on the fantastical side seeing as he’s a beetle—are very real, something that most children will be able to identify with. Bomby the Bombardier Beetle would be great for a study of beetles, as an addition to a science curriculum, or simply as a read-aloud.

One thing I really appreciate about this book is that it supports the Creation worldview. Some may not agree with this element, but I found that it was very well done. Overall, Bomby the Bombardier Beetle is a real keeper.

No warnings!

Age Levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12


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