By Megan McDonald
AR Reading Level 2.6; 0.5 points
Available at Amazon.com
Summary: Beetle McGrady is a plucky character. She has red hair and freckles. Beetle wants to eat bugs, because where would the story be otherwise? Beetle also is learning about the food pyramid in second grade. At the end of the unit, a chef comes to school and makes all sorts of bug dishes for the kids to try.
Activities: The author got the idea from a Bug Day at a museum in San Francisco. Reading this book in a classroom setting could become a giggle fest. Kids would love to draw bug dishes and make up recipes. If my students came across this book, I would be happy for them to read it independently.