Stanek, acclaimed author of the popular children's books The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches and Journey Beyond the Beyond, has selected an irresistible combination for young readers: loveable critters and heart-warming stories. The Bugville Critters stories address all the major issues of growing up and are designed to appeal to the ever-growing interests of children everywhere. In this story, Buster Bee and his friends Barry Beetle, Lass Ladybug, and Cat Caterpillar practice for and then play in the Little Bug League Tournament of Champions. Along the way, Buster learns the importance of family and the importance of being a helpful big little brother. The wonderfully crafted story is paired with energetic illustrations of a colorful cast of crittters and playful scenes. This rollicking adventure is sure to be a favorite with the storytime crowd. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Stanek is the highly-acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people and adults. He was born in Burlington Wisconsin and is the second youngest of five children. As a former military man, his distinguished accomplishments during the Gulf War earned him nine medals, including the USA's highest flying honor, the Distinguished Flying Cross. Robert has won many awards from his colleagues and the publishing industry. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.