The Boll Weevil Ball by Kelly Murphy

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The charming story of a tiny beetle who is able to reach great heights.

Redd scurried to the punch bowl for a cool drink. The cups were bigger than he was, but he was too thirsty to care.

Redd is small, even for a beetle. He's too small to reach the mailbox, too small to fly, too small even to dance at the famous Boll Weevil Ball. But when Redd sets his mind on something, nothing can stop him.

Starring a very small but hugely determined beetle, this charming picture book proves that little people -- or insects -- can do great things.

About Kelly Murphy

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Kelly Murphy was always one of the tallest kids in her class, but that only sparked her interest in writing a story about how the world might look from a different angle. A recent graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design, Kelly lives in Boston, Massachusetts. This is her first book for young readers.
Published September 1, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A tiny beetle finds the perfect dancing partner in this endearing, if awkwardly written, debut.

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Yet when Lily, a pretty firefly, takes him for an illuminated whirl in the sky, Redd finds he has the sophistication and grace of a winged Fred Astaire: "Redd and Lily danced the Weevil Waltz flawlessly, high above a sea of antennae."

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