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B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy)

By: Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Contemporary Fiction

An imaginary friend who doubles as a bodyguard? With superhuman strength? And solid rhythm? Sounds like the perfect solution for Sammy’s middle school situation. Until it isn’t.

Ages: 10+

344 pages

Penguin Random House

Average Rating: (76 Ratings)

Best U Get
Submitted 10/21/2019 by tinyrose

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is one of the few pj library books that is not completely about WWII, Bat/Bar mitzvahs or The Holocaust.

AWESOME
Submitted 10/8/2019 by rapster970

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

READ THIS BOOK

Super Book 🦸🏼‍♀️🦸🏽‍♂️
Submitted 10/6/2019 by Nicey

Bug is a super book! I give it a big 👍.

The best book
Submitted 10/1/2019 by NY2209

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I loved this book. It couldn't be better.

Everyone should read this book!!!
Submitted 9/10/2019 by ButterflyCrafter

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is a WONDERFUL book! Even though I am a girl, BEST BOOK EVER!!! Sammy is a great character!

This book was super awesome and cool.
Submitted 9/9/2019 by TheMathGuy

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I like this book because it teaches me about friendship. It also teaches me that it is great to be a jew.

Awesome
Submitted 9/9/2019 by Yejezkel2

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

So recommended

good book
Submitted 9/8/2019 by Nachpack

I liked this book.

AWESOME!!!
Submitted 9/6/2019 by OWLMAN1

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Super cool and nice how he makes a golem that protects him

I would give this 6 stars!
Submitted 9/6/2019 by avengers2019

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

There was an awesome band in it, and really cool characters!

READ THIS WHEN YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 9/3/2019 by pokemonfan1123

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

No review. Just plain AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

written by a kid.

😁
Submitted 8/19/2019 by LionKoala9

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This was such a good book! There are some sad parts but altogether really great.

Submitted 7/8/2019 by sarelleo

I liked this book.

OK
Submitted 7/3/2019 by Yquintela13

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Israel.

?
Submitted 7/2/2019 by rope8

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Super good!
Submitted 7/2/2019 by dayamasada

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I really liked how this book taught me more about Judaism, and it was a great book anyway. It was kinda realistic, and just really good overall.

it was boring
Submitted 7/2/2019 by GymnastC

DIdn't like it
Submitted 7/1/2019 by rjweiner

I didn't like but don't stop my review from reading it.

I liked this book
Submitted 6/6/2019 by kensmd1

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I liked the book because of the action.

terrible
Submitted 11/6/2018 by Nickname

no do not read EVER yes NEVER

Nice book
Submitted 11/5/2018 by FreeTime

It was a bit weird

Jewish? mamma mia
Submitted 11/1/2018 by tiger1

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I think it was really good, exept I don't think that a golem is jewish. Maybe golden cow?

Good but not the best...
Submitted 11/1/2018 by dohnutgaming

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

The book is supreme but not the best.But still this book is good👍

hi
Submitted 10/8/2018 by jewishbooks2

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING.

It was a so so book.
Submitted 9/25/2018 by hpbpokemon

This book was just OK

It wasn't the best. On the other hand it wasn't the worst. I still enjoyed reading it.

Awesome
Submitted 9/12/2018 by sharky

I just love this book

meh...............
Submitted 8/4/2018 by trendingbooks

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Israel.

This book was Ok. 2/10.

love it
Submitted 3/8/2018 by lol25

I loved this book!

best pj book I have ever read.

AWFULL!
Submitted 3/6/2018 by awarburton

This book was just OK

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I really wish that I could give this book half a star it is REALLY BAD!!! DO. NOT. READ. THIS. BOOK

Pretty Good!
Submitted 2/6/2018 by inventingmind

Thumbs up!

This book is about a kid who makes a golem to protect him. Even though this book might sound boring, it's actually really good. Also, if you're looking for a good fiction book with lots of Jewish things in it, this is definitely the book to choose!

Bad
Submitted 1/7/2018 by mhagadol

The book was bad because it wasn't interesting.

Awesome book!
Submitted 12/9/2017 by ducklover

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was amazing! It was so much fun and very emotional! I read it for an assignment in school and it was so amazing! I loved it because it had so much adventure, emotion, sadness, and you really can see how the main character changed by the end of the book. I definitely think you should read this book.

Submitted 12/9/2017 by mlgman56

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted 12/2/2017 by msonic

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

good book

BOOOOORRRRRIIIIINNNGGGGG!
Submitted 12/1/2017 by awarburton

This book was just OK

I read it and it was REEEEEEAAAAAALLLLLLYYYYYYY BAD! I do not recommend this book for ANYBODY the kids get their heads dunked in toilets and I don't like that. Me no likey.

Book was beyond good!!
Submitted 11/21/2017 by ywcanyc

I loved this book!

This book really made me realize that thinking about the result of one's actions.

Deep! This book is great!
Submitted 11/9/2017 by lostinabook

This book is great and really captures the spirit of a child under bullying pressure. I too still deal with bullying at school. I totally get this book. It is deep and well worded. The end really touched my heart.

BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:];]
Submitted 11/6/2017 by abby.abborg

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

B.U.G was the best book ever!!! the main charector was a 13 year old boy named sammy and he is studing for his barmitzvah and some weird things happen along the way! read it to find out more!!

I loved it!!!!!!! :)
Submitted 11/2/2017 by Kylebushfan

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

It was so funny! :):):):)

Pretty Good Book
Submitted 10/16/2017 by Alec1

I liked this book.

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

This book was pretty good. It really talked a lot about bullying. If you don’t music, or bands don’t read it.

BAD
Submitted 10/9/2017 by jkw046

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Israel.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORINNNNNNNNNNG!

it stinks
Submitted 10/8/2017 by jewishbooks2

rip it up

Some People Aren't So Lucky
Submitted 10/7/2017 by pachy8

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I liked B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy) because it is very funny, but it is also very unfortunate (in the beginning). Sammy is so unlucky. He got his head dunked in the toilet seven, eight, or nine times. He makes a band for lots of different music and he makes a golem (a man made out of clay). Sammy and his Golem, whose name I will not say, have a lot of adventures. That is why I like B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy).

Awesome
Submitted 9/10/2017 by Caleb O

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

READ THIS BOOK Super hilarious!

INTERESTING BOOK
Submitted 9/5/2017 by Nickname

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

It is the kind of book that makes you tired quickly.

pretty good
Submitted 9/5/2017 by 1Bbb

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

its really good

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 9/2/2017 by ultamatecoolguy

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW

This book is really good
Submitted 9/2/2017 by hannjosh

I liked this book.

This is book is full of great characters I wish this book was in a series.

Very cool story!
Submitted 9/1/2017 by SJ19712008

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was a slow start to this book; but, once you get more into it, you get more into it!

Golem... Gooooollllleeeeemmm...
Submitted 8/13/2017 by Zephyros777

This book was just OK

This book was a bit hard to read, even for an avid reader like me. It had a slow plot, but it picked up at the end with a surprising finish to the story. It had some fun music references, though, like klezmer and the explanation of parts of a clarinet.

Best of 2017!
Submitted 8/11/2017 by AlefWolf

I like music a lot and it's kinda like a rollercoaster in some cases, (which I like) but what I mean is that it can be sad at times and happy at others. But GREAT, JUST GREAT!!!

grey giant
Submitted 8/8/2017 by orangereader

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Bullys, Golems, music, and Judaism all in 1

This is a really good book!
Submitted 8/2/2017 by Charizard

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is a really good book. It has a great plot and it relates to important values. It relates to friendship because Sammy was in need of friends. I learned how much friendships are worth. This book also relates to trust. It would have been better if Sammy had listened to Rabbi Chaim's advice. Read this book!

this book was awesome
Submitted 8/1/2017 by awesomeddolphin

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

i could hear the music in my ears as i read this

REAALLY BBAD
Submitted 6/10/2017 by ardasilva

totally good
Submitted 6/8/2017 by undertale

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

this is a great book with a lot of greatnesses. The rabbi helped me see stuff on a different depth

epic
Submitted 6/3/2017 by endermen

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

epic epic epic

awesome book
Submitted 6/2/2017 by Selmo

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

sounds good

Submitted 6/2/2017 by give

awesome

BEST BOOK EVER!
Submitted 6/2/2017 by champignon

I loved this book!

If you like golems and music you should totally read this.

Great!
Submitted 5/5/2017 by rmarc

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

There are sad, funny, and even surprising parts in it! Read it!

:(
Submitted 3/1/2017 by nol2007

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

When I was reading this book, it was very repetitive that the guy was Jewish. It was very slow and would not stop! This is very weird because I like almost every other book. #wasteoftime.

Sweet!
Submitted 2/3/2017 by Origami Yoda

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was a page-turner! Great for a rainy day, but if you get freaked out by bullies, it's a little disturbing. Read it!

This book as GREAT!!!
Submitted 2/1/2017 by MayaIrene

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think about how you shouldn't have someone to stand up for you, you should stand up for yourself.

SOO GOOD
Submitted 1/15/2017 by Maya2006

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

If you like adventure this book is for you.

I lllllllllllllllove it
Submitted 12/30/2016 by amyzlot

This book was just OK

B.U.G!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/10/2016 by Racheltheereader

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

In third grade, we read this book as a class and all of us LOVED it. Now, when I read it from PJ library, I notice deeper detail about what the story is truly about. I think this is a great book for kids that like Judaism, music, friendship and a little battle.

Moosic
Submitted 12/7/2016 by waterchaserjr

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is a pretty good book but keeps you in suspense
Submitted 12/1/2016 by coolme

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

It is a good book if you are interested in the golem legend. It is also good if you like action stories.

Great book
Submitted 11/6/2016 by mudd

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

Awesome
Submitted 11/5/2016 by MathNerd

Thumbs up!

I loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!! It was funny and awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 :)

Submitted 10/27/2016 by TKDgirl

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was really good! I loved it! It was really funny, and it made me remember things I learned about golums before. I suggest that you read this book too!

The new B.F.G is here : B.U.G
Submitted 10/2/2016 by kis

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Sammy has a problem and he's going to fix it with magic. Awesome!

GREAT BOOK :-)
Submitted 9/9/2016 by cool19

Thumbs up!

good book

it is funny
Submitted 9/8/2016 by Sukihorse

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I love it

What would you do if you were Sammy?
Submitted 9/1/2016 by Design Team

The boy in this book has a problem...and he solves it using some magic. I liked how he could hide his secret for so long too.
by Yovel, Israel

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Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Author of B.U.G.
 

“The storyteller in me asks: What if? And when I try to answer that, a story begins.” - Jane Yolen 

Did you know that the co-authors of this book are related? Yup, Jane Yolen is Adam Stemple’s mom!

Jane is a writer, a poet, and a teacher. Adam is a folk-rock musician (he plays in an Irish band) and a writer.

For the past three years, Jane has challenged herself to write a poem a day. Like practicing a musical instrument, writing daily poems helps her become a better writer. Adam balances writing with recording and performing music, coaching soccer, and taking care of his family. Adam says of his mother, “She is an excellent writer and I learn a great deal every time we work on something.”
 

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