Synopses & Reviews
Ever since he was a wee mite (termite that is), Roberto wanted to be an architect. He longed to follow in the footsteps-all twelve of them-of such architectural greats as Hank Floyd Mite and Fleas van der Rohe. Discouraged by comments from family and friends that he is biting off more than he can chew, he decides to follow his dream all the way to the big, bug city. There he meets a slew of not-so-creepy crawly characters who spark in him the courage to build a community for them all. With quirky collage illustrations and witty text, the creator of the best-selling The Night I Followed the Dog, Private I. Guana, and When Pigasso Met Mootisse brings to life a funny and inspirational story to encourage readers of any age to reach for the stars.
"[A] good-natured tale....[N]onstop insect quips and humorous bug house illustrations keep this book buzzing along." Publishers Weekly
"The lively text is filled with challenging words and some fun puns....It's the elaborate, whimsical collages that are exceptional here. Nearly bursting from the pages, they combine painted, drawn, and photographed images in spreads that perfectly capture the energy of the city and the creative excitement of architecture, as well as irresistibly expressive bug characters." Booklist
Ever since he was a wee mite (a termite, that is), Roberto has wanted to be an architect. Discouraged by his wood-eating family and friends, he decides to follow his dream to the big, bug city. There he meets a slew of not-so-creepy, crawly characters who spark in him the courage to build a community for them all.
With stunning collage illustrations and witty text, the creator of the bestselling The Night I Followed the Dog, Private I. Guana, and When Pigasso Met Mootisse brings to life a funny and inspirational story that will encourage readers of any age to build their dreams.
No one will hire Roberto the architect because he also happens to be a termite, so he sets off to the city to find success on his own.
About the Author
Nina Laden lives in an old farmhouse in Seattle, which she renovated with her husband. So far (knock on wood), no termites have eaten it. When she is not caulking or tiling, she writes and illustrates children's books and visits schools. Roberto the Insect Architect is her seventh book published by Chronicle Books.