The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy

Last updated Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Author: Jacky Davis
Illustrator: David Soman
Date of Publication: 2011
ISBN: 0803734182
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2013

Synopsis: When Sam turns into Bumblebee Boy to defeat pirates, fight dragons, and tame saber-tooth lions, he doesn't need his little brother, Owen, butting in and ruining his adventures. Bumblebee Boy flies alone! But what happens when Bumblebee Boy comes face-to-face with more scary aliens than even he can imagine? Owen is there, garbed in goggles and a towel cape, and he just might be the perfect alien-fighting sidekick.

For all young superhero fans with big imaginations and curious siblings, here's a hilarious and sweet new adventure from the creative team who knows exactly how kids think.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is an adventure?
•  Who is Bumblebee Boy?
•  What is he doing on the cover?
•  How does he feel?

•  blast - a loud, sudden sound or noise: The radio let out an awful blast before I could turn it off.
•  patiently - waiting calmly and quietly
•  bank robbers - people who steal money from a bank
•  defeat - to overcome in a contest or battle: They defeated the enemy.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why doesn't Sam want his little brother to play Bumblebee Boy?
•  How does little brother Owen help Sam in his adventures?
•  Which toys does Sam use in his Bumblebee Boy adventures?
•  Have you ever been on a roller coaster?
•  What would you do if you were Bumblebee Boy?

Craft ideas:
•  Make your own superhero mask (volunteers will need to help by cutting holes for the eyes and tying with yarn)
•  Make "stingers" with rolled up piece of paper bag or paper colored yellow or black.
•  Draw a picture of yourself as a super hero in action.

Special activities:
•  Play super hero games like Sam and Owen

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!