By: Sophia Gholz

Illustrated by: Susan Batori

Published: March 15, 2022

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press


Kids will find all kinds of rhyming fun in this silly encounter between a pug and a bug on the same rug. Pug isn’t too interested in sharing his rug with Bug and Bug doesn’t want to give up the rug either. Bug has a reason for why the rug is his new home, but Pug and Bug decide that squabbling over the rug is a better idea. Until Slug comes along and gets everything out in the open.

There is lots of silliness and great rhyming words, even ones that might be new to your child like smug or using the word “mug” to mean a face. There are also several onomatopoeias for kids to read along with the story like “Crash!” and “Bzzz!”. Just when Bug, Slug, and Pug think they have their compromise all figured out, a new friend arrives to claim the rug!

The illustrations are so great, especially when showing all the emotions on the characters’ faces. I also loved the little home that Bug created on the rug. I have no doubt kids will love this read-aloud and I look forward to sharing it with some of the elementary classrooms I teach in.

This story offers a great opportunity to discuss sharing with others, talking about our frustrations, and being kind.

Check out the book trailer:

Don’t miss the fun resources and teacher’s guide, HERE.

Sophia Gholz is an award-winning children’s book author, magic seeker, and avid reader. Sophia enjoys writing fiction with humor and heart. When writing nonfiction, she pulls on her love of science and her family background in ecology. When she’s not writing, you can find Sophia reading a book, visiting schools, or exploring the great outdoors with her family.

Sophia’s books have received many accolades, including NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, Florida State Book Award Gold Medal, South Carolina Book Award Shortlist, Kentucky Bluegrass Book Award Shortlist, Nile Delta Book Award, Eureka! Nonfiction Honor and the Green Earth Book Honor. For more about Sophia and her books, visit her website, HERE.

Susan Batori is a children’s book illustrator. She lives in Budapest, Hungary with her soul mate, Robert, and her cat, Kamilla. She studied graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. A former art director at DDB Budapest Advertising Agency, Susan soon realized that drawing hilarious characters was much more fun and has been working as a freelance children’s book illustrator since 2013. 

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