Stuart the Bug Eating Man by Calvin Innes

Before I get to today’s review, I want to tell everyone to go visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and vote for their favorite spring-time story in her “The In Just Spring” story contest”! The finalists are HERE to vote on. There were a lot of great entries! I am honored to mention that my story (Spring Schming) got an honorable mention. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Tiny Twisted Tales: Stuart the Bug Eating Man

By Calvin Innes

69 pages – Ages 7+

Published by My Little Big Town on December 7, 2012

Stuart liked eating bugs. The squirmier the better. Sadly, his family didn’t share his unusual taste. His wife wanted him to get a job but Stuart didn’t know what to do. He never went to school and he has no talent other than eating bugs. Stuart finally realizes that being himself and doing what he likes is the perfect answer (even if it is kind of gross).

I am not a fan of gross-out books, but somewhere in all the bug-eating in this book is a nice message about believing in yourself. There are illustrations on each page of bugs or Stuart eating bugs (**shiver**) that went well with the story. The number of words on a page is small and I think younger kids and reluctant readers would love this book. The story is told in simple rhyme that doesn’t always flow the best, but is fun to read. The message of believing in yourself no matter what others think, is a good one. This is a great book for boys! “Stuart the Bug Eating Man” is part of a series called the “Tiny Twisted Tales” series, where each book can stand alone and be read out of order. The other titles in the series are-

Pale Henry

(about a kid who is afraid to go outside)palehenry



(about an 8-year-old werewolf hunter)


All the books in the series are about whacky/odd characters, but they also have a nice message in each book too. I recommend these books to kids 7+.

I give Stuart the Bug Eating Man 4/5 book worms (and I hope Stuart doesn’t eat them)!fourbooks

Learn more about the Tiny Twisted Tales HERE.

Categories: Age 6-9

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38 replies

  1. Okay, bugs aren’t part of my normal diet, but sometimes I like a twisted tale or two. Believing in yourself is an important message, and I guess it takes all kinds to make a world. Keep an eye on your bookworms. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Sounds like a great series for boys who don’t like to read as much as you do Erik!

  3. I like the covers – even if the man eating, ugh, I can’t, gonna be si..uuhhhh. Later!

  4. Another one Matthew would love. Thanks, Erik.

  5. Stuart can be my best friend. I also love eating bugs. Mom says, “Oh no you didn’t!” But oh yes I did!!!

    Love and licks,

  6. These books sound interesting! I like that they will appeal to reluctant readers and that they have a good message. These are new to me- so thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I know some kids like really gross books and this certainly fits the bill. Makes me think of “Survivor.” I wondered where the story was going and thought he might come with the idea of dipping them in chocolate and opening a business. But, it has a nice message and that’s what counts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Oh, and congratulations on your honorable mention for your story! It was very clever.

  9. Bugs are not really my thing. Nasty. But it looks like a cute book nonetheless. And I trust your reviews. So I might recommend this one to some dirty barefoot boys I know.

  10. I love icky stuff and bugs. Great find, Erik.

  11. Boys love a good yuck factor! The only thing that seems a pity, from your description, is that the rhymes don’t have a regular meter (like Dr Seuss). In my view this is important for young people to pick up thoroughly, so that they can progress to broken rhythms later with full understanding.

  12. Oh, and congrats on the mention!

  13. Love odd characters. Sounds like fun, and well done for your Spring story.

  14. Henry on the cover bears a striking resemblance to my father-in-law, lol! He did eat bugs in the air force survival camp, but they’re not a regular part of his diet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Okay, I’m a girl, I can say this….Ewwwwwwww….gross…gross….gross…..I’m going to need to over indulge now in puff pastries, peeps and sugar cookies to recover! LOL I guess there is a book for everyone’s…uh….taste. Thanks for sharing, Erik, I think.

  16. I love bugs – but only to study them, not eat them! Sounds like an interesting story.

  17. I can’t say I’m wild about the idea of eating bugs, but the book sounds like fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the voting shout-out, Erik!

  18. Hi there Erik, I’d try to find at least one of the books from this series – seems perfect for our oddballs and misfits bimonthly theme. ๐Ÿ™‚

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