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*Stop Bugging Me: That's What Friends Are For (A Smudge Book)* by Daniel Cleary
Stop Bugging Me: That's What Friends Are For (A Smudge Book)
by Daniel Cleary
Ages 3-8 56 pages Blue Apple Books September 2010 Hardcover    

Smudge is finding it difficult to buy new underwear in private because five others are tagging along questioning his every move. He tries to be secretive about his shopping plans, but the questions hes asked by his friends increase in number until they veer off into speculation.

With a look of I give up in his eyes, Smudge opens up about the mystery - and his embarrassment. The dialogue between Smudge and his friends is very funny, but underneath all the humor is a reminder that friends can be supportive in unexpected ways.

All the characters in this book look like smeared pencil marks. Smudge the dog is darker in color than the worm twins, the mouse, the guinea pig and the fog cloud, but they all have wide open eyes and distinct personalities. The story is set against pages that resemble loose leaf with the only color being the light blues, greens, purples and tans that appear in the dialogue bubbles.

Children who enjoy the Pigeon books (Mo Willems) or the Rhyming Dust Bunnies (Jan Thomas) will love the characters in this book.
 


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