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Follows two bug friends, Stag-B and Rhino-B, as they explore their world and share adventures. - (Baker & Taylor)

Beetle best friends Rhino-B and Stag-B spend days together exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond in a first adventure that finds them touring spooky caves, helping a spider save a library and protecting the community’s honey supply. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

Join two bug friends as they learn about the science of the world around them and the meaning of friendship in this early graphic novel series perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly!

Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond, as well as their own -- sometimes confusing and complicated -- thoughts and feelings.

In their first adventure, the Bug Boys travel through spooky caves, work with a spider to found a library, save their town's popular honey supply from extinction, and even make friends with ferocious termites!

Join these two best bug buddies as they go above and beyond for each other and the friends they meet in their adventures.
Bug Boys has a wonderful blend of silliness, introspection, adventure and the right amount of weirdness. I loved how Rhino-B and Stag-B deal with the pressure of being true to each other and to the new friends they make on their journeys.” – Drew Brockington, author of CatStronauts
  - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Laura Knetzger graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. She has worked as a storyboard artist for Adventure Time. She lives in Seattle and makes comics about feelings. You can find her online at @LauraKnetzger. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Rhino-B and Stag-B are two beetle buddies from Bug Village who frequently end up adventuring through their quirky world of quasi-anthropomorphic critters. In nine stand-alone chapters, they hunt for buried treasure, evade capture by giants (humans), learn about the library, explore an ocean cave, attend their coming-of-age ceremony, work through a big fight, dissolve tensions between warring termite and honeybee nations, undergo metaphysical transformations in an underground labyrinth, and more. With the help of their community and friends, the two beetles explore, quest, and adventure, often leaving readers with a beautiful reflection on friendship or feelings—always in a wonderfully surprising, light-hearted manner. Knetzger, a former storyboard artist for TV's Adventure Time, brings a similar blend of friendship, humor, and heart to her own world, and the show's influence is clear in this work's overall style and tone, as well. Quick pacing, spare text in large type, and simple character design cater to early elementary readers, with the episodic structure offering a more manageable experience. It also makes for quicker and richer character development and world building than a single overarching plot would provide. Kids are going to love these characters, which is good, as more stories are already in the works. An absolutely delightful gateway into comics for the Saturday-morning cartoon crowd. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6—Meet the Bug Boys. Rough-and-tumble Rhino-B and studious bibliophile Stag-B are best friends who love exploring Bug Village. This warm, tender volume is full of loosely connected stories of the two beetles' adventures. Rhino-B and Stag-B discover hidden treasures in nature, revel in their differences, and express gratitude for their friendship. Their encounters with other creatures, including bees, termites, spiders, a dragonfly, and a mole, help them learn lessons. A surreal tale sees each beetle immersed in either depression or mania and emerging from the experience thanks to the embrace of friendship—a theme echoed throughout the book. No matter what the problem is, the solution always involves characters clearly communicating and discussing their feelings, and though the beetles and their friends may disagree, they are quick to forgive and celebrate one another. Knetzger's upbeat cartoons are bathed in bright greens, yellows, and pinks, with some dark blues and black—the perfect palette for a natural setting. VERDICT This gentle romp through nature will be paradise for readers, who will find themselves wishing they could be the third beetle in the Bug Boys' group.—Thomas Maluck, Richland Library, SC

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